Issa Rae is engaged to longtime boyfriend Louis Diame, her co-stars essentially confirmed this weekend.
Rumblings of the engagement initially surfaced after Rae appeared on the cover of Essence, suspiciously sporting a diamond ring on that finger. While her team remained mum about the supposed engagement, Rae’s Insecure co-stars, Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji, confirmed this weekend that she is, indeed, planning a wedding.
“We’re very excited for her,” Orji, 35, told Entertainment Tonight at the NAACP Image Awards.
“We all found out in different ways because we’re all on different text chains,” Ellis, 37, added. “We talk at different times, so we all found out at different times in different ways.”
Orji also recalled her response to the engagement news by channeling her character in Insecure. “The reaction was all the same, like, ‘You out here in these streets getting married, boo!?’” she laughed. “That was the reaction.”
Rae’s career started with a web series called Awkward Black Girl and especially grew with her role in the Hate U Give. Diame is a businessman from Senegal.
See her engagement ring below.
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Four years ago, when all I had was a web series and a book, @Essence put me on my first cover with four incredible women I look up to: Ava, Mara, Shonda and Ms. Debbie. It was their “Game Changers” issue and I kept thinking, “I can’t believe they chose me.” That cover meant so much to me because it validated my work on a platform I respected AND it was a nurturing recognition of promise, a promise that I didn’t necessarily see in myself at the time. Four years later — entering the fourth season of my TV show, and shooting my fourth movie in New York — they honored me with this solo cover. Thank you, Essence, for helping me to deliver on that promise you saw years ago, and changing the game for me. : @itayshaphoto Hair: @lovingyourhair Face: @joannasimkin Fits: @jasonrembert
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