12 female celebrities who proposed to their male partners

Sarah Snook attends the premiere of season 3 of 'Succession.'
Sarah Snook proposed to and secretly wed comedian Dave Lawson during lockdown. Theo Wargo/Getty Images
  • Some female celebrities have flipped the script and chosen to propose to their male partners.
  • Kristen Bell proposed to Dax Shepard on Twitter after marriage equality became legal in California.
  • “Succession” star Sarah Snook proposed to comedian Dave Lawson during lockdown.

Out of Elizabeth Taylor’s eight marriages, she proposed once, to Michael Wilding.
Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding in 1952.
Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding in 1952. WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images
Taylor proposed to Wilding, a British actor, while working on a film in England in 1952. They had two children together before divorcing in 1957.
Judy Sheindlin, better known as the no-nonsense Judge Judy, proposed to her husband Jerry Sheindlin.
The Honorable Judy Sheindlin and her husband, Jerry Sheindlin, in 2015.
The Honorable Judy Sheindlin and her husband, Jerry Sheindlin, in 2015. Amanda Edwards/WireImage
Sheindlin had been married once for 12 years before she met her now-husband in a bar. When he continued to express ambivalence about the importance of getting married, she asked him to marry her herself.

“I did propose to him,” Sheindlin told DuJour in 2013. “I said to him, ‘Where is this relationship going?’ And he tried to weasel out of it, with his, ‘Well, you know, why do we have to get married?’ Whatever. He finally capitulated. I told him to pick a date. He picked Flag Day.”

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg proposed to Barry Diller, and they’ve been married since 2001.
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg in 2016.
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg in 2016. Jim Spellman/WireImage
Von Furstenberg turned Diller’s proposals down several times before she took matters into her own hands.

“One year I didn’t know what to give him for his birthday, and I called him and said, ‘You know, if you want, for your birthday I’ll marry you,’ she told O Magazine in 2014. He replied with “Let me see if I can arrange it.”

Britney Spears proposed to Kevin Federline in 2004.
Kevin Federline and Britney Spears attend a party together in 2006.
Kevin Federline and Britney Spears attend a party together in 2006. Getty Images
The couple was on a flight from Ireland to New York when Spears proposed, she told People magazine in 2004.

“All of a sudden I said, ‘What if you want to get married?’ And I kind of went from there to asking him if he would marry me,” she said.

Spears and Federline divorced three years later, in 2007.

Pink asked motorcross racer Carey Hart to marry her in 2005 while he was racing in the Pro 250 class finals.
Singer Pink smiles at husband Carey Hart.
Pink and Carey Hart. Rich Fury/Invision/AP
As Hart began his third lap around the track, Pink held up a pit board that read, “Will You Marry Me?” When he didn’t pull over, she added “Serious!”

Cary accepted the singer’s proposal, and they married in Costa Rica in 2006. They have two children together.

Jennifer Hudson proposed to David Otunga in 2009, five months after he proposed to her.
Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga in 2014.
Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga in 2014. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People’s Choice Awards
Otunga had proposed to Hudson on her birthday, so she returned the favor on his birthday with a five-carat ring.

They announced their separation after 10 years together in 2017.

Gretchen Rossi asked Slade Smiley to marry her on an episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” in 2013.
Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley on vacation in 2015.
Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley on vacation in 2015. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Sandals Resorts
Rossi got down on one knee to ask Smiley to marry her. He got down on one knee to say yes.

“With this ring, I hope you’ll say yes, and I hope you’ll marry me, and I hope we’ll have a wonderful, fabulous, maybe not perfect, but happy life together,” she said.

The couple still has not gotten married — although they wear wedding rings and call each other husband and wife — but they welcomed a daughter, Skylar, in July 2019.

Kristen Bell proposed to Dax Shepard on Twitter after marriage equality became legal in California in 2013.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard smile at each other.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Bell and Shepard didn’t want to tie the knot until every couple had the right to marry. When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, legalizing same-sex marriage in California, Bell popped the question in a tweet.

[email protected] will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove,” she wrote.

His reply? “F*** yes!!!!!!!!!!!”

Actress Haley Lu Richardson and Brett Dier were together for seven years before Richardson popped the question.
Brett Dier and Haley Lu Richardson in 2017.
Brett Dier and Haley Lu Richardson in 2017. C Flanigan/Getty Images
While chatting with Busy Philipps on “Busy Tonight” in 2019, Richardson said that she had asked Dier to marry her. 

“I just asked,” she said. “Neither of us are, like, crazy romantic people, so nothing was planned. He was sitting there eating a pizza and he was telling me a joke that Shia LaBeouf had said in an interview, and he was, like, pretending to be Shia LaBeouf explaining this joke and for some reason I just cut him off and was like, ‘Wanna marry me?'”

Retired Olympic alpine skier Lindsey Vonn proposed to New Jersey Devils defenseman PK Subban on Christmas in 2019.
P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn in 2019.
P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn in 2019. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage
The couple had already announced their engagement in August 2019 when Subban proposed to Vonn. But Vonn said that she wanted Subban to have a ring too.

“Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!!” Vonn wrote on Twitter. “On our 2 year anniversary, in a ‘non-traditional’ move, I asked PK to marry me and he said, Yes ! Women aren’t the only ones who should get engagement rings! #MerryChristmas #equality”

The couple announced their split in December 2020 after postponing their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” Joshua Jackson revealed his wife, model and actress Jodie Turner-Smith, proposed to him in Nicaragua.
Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson in 2019.
Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson in 2019. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
The “Dawson’s Creek” actor appeared on the “The Tonight Show” in July 2021 and told host Jimmy Fallon about “the best choice [he] ever made.”

“She asked me, yeah, on New Year’s Eve,” Jackson said of Turner-Smith’s proposal. “We were in Nicaragua. It was very beautiful, incredibly romantic. We were walking down the beach, and she asked me to marry her. There was, like, a preamble. There was a lead-up to it … I did not know, but she was quite adamant, and she was right.”

 Turner-Smith gave birth to the couple’s daughter in April 2020.

“Succession” star Sarah Snook proposed to and quietly wed comedian Dave Lawson, a longtime friend, while they lived together in lockdown during the pandemic.
Sarah Snook at the premiere of season 3 of HBO's 'Succession'
Sarah Snook in 2021. Theo Wargo/Getty Images
“At the beginning of the pandemic last year, I got locked down in Melbourne with one of my best mates and we fell in love,” Snook told Vogue Australia in October 2021. “We’ve been friends since 2014, lived together, travelled together, always excited to see each other, but totally platonic. We’ve just never been single at the same time. I proposed and we got married in February in my backyard.”

The couple wed with Succession co-star Ashley Zukerman in attendance as a witness.

“It’s been a ride,” Snook said. “There’s so much heartache and sadness in the world, but on a micro personal level, I’ve been very fortunate. There’s a really lovely grace in that without the pandemic, we might not have ended up together so quickly.”