‘Five Feet Apart’ Actress Haley Lu Richardson Proposed to Boyfriend Brett Dier: Here’s the Story

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Haley Lu Richardson is getting married. The Five Feet Apart actress opened up to Busy Philipps on Busy Tonight on Monday, March 18, about proposing to her boyfriend, Jane the Virgin actor Brett Dier.

“I asked him to marry me,” Richardson 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?’”

Richardson’s co-star Cole Sprouse then cracked, “You Married Shia LaBeouf?”

“Maybe that got us in the mood,” she replied. “But yeah, we’re engaged now.”

The couple had been dating for seven years before she proposed. “I had no idea when I woke up that morning that I was going to ask someone to marry me that day,” Richardson told Cosmopolitan last month. “I was totally in the moment and this gut feeling came up and coerced me to ask him to marry me and I did. And he said yes. I feel like the trick to that was just not thinking about it at all before it happened. I just kind of did it.”

The actress also told the outlet about the spur-of-the-moment proposal’s replacement rings. The couple used twigs. “We were at this outdoor strip mall eating pizza when it happened,” she continued in the same interview. “When we were crying and having this really amazing moment that I’ll never forget, crying and holding each other and saying oh my gosh, we’re going to get married, we’re going to be together forever, we were like, we’re gonna have to do something about it because we didn’t have any rings.”


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The pair walked over to a bush and got twigs that they twisted around their ring fingers. Of course the twig was eventually replaced by an engagement ring that included a sentimental message. “My engagement ring now, it’s custom made,” she concluded. “It’s a really simple ring but it’s engraved like a twig.”

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Esther Lee
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