CNN anchor Don Lemon announced his engagement to real estate agent Tim Malone in a cute Instagram post this weekend. “He gave me a present on his birthday. How could I say no?” Lemon wrote on Saturday.
The message accompanied two photos of Lemon’s and Malone’s hands, both of which had bands on the ring fingers and were holding a dog collar tag that read, “Daddy, will you marry Papa?”
Malone reportedly proposed to Lemon after an early birthday celebration in Manhattan on Friday.
Lemon is 53 and Malone’s age hasn’t been disclosed, but he said on his LinkedIn page that he graduated from Boston College in 2006.
Lemon posted a photo of them smiling together, wearing blue tuxedos at a formal event at the Indian Creek Country Club in March. It is captioned, “#GayWeddingCakeTopper.”
Lemon and Malone have been dating since summer 2016 and memorably rang in 2018 with a kiss on-air during CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. “I found love,” Lemon told co-host Brooke Baldwin before breaking into an impromptu ditty as the pair once again rang in the New Year in New Orleans.
The year before, during the 2017 NYE celebrations, Lemon told Baldwin, “We met in New York,” later adding, “I don’t care where you meet. If you’re happy you’re happy.”
Lemon came out in his 2011 book Transparent.
In an interview Lemon said, “I think it would be great if everybody could be out. But it’s such a personal choice.”
“People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that. I do have to say that the more people who come out, the better it is for everyone,” he continued. “I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it, to walk in the truth.”