Miles Teller Reveals the Romantic Way He Proposed to Keleigh Sperry

keleigh sperry miles tellerMiles Teller revealed exactly how he proposed to Keleigh Sperry in a new interview. (

Bless the rain. Nearly two months have passed since actor Miles Teller proposed to Keleigh Sperry in Africa, and he finally opened up about how exactly he popped the question on Friday, October 13, while chatting with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

In August, the couple enjoyed an extended getaway, heading from the Seychelles into the wild. “We were on an African safari so I brought the ring to Africa, which I was a little nervous about,” the Only The Brave actor, 30, said. “I had our guide, early in the morning, tie a rose to a tree… [We] walked up to this nice scenic vista having coffee. She looked over and saw a rose and thought somebody had died. Which, whatever.”

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‘Whiplash’ actor Miles Teller proposed to Keleigh Sperry during a romantic safari in South Africa. (Photo credit: Instagram)

Sperry’s sister Christie Sperry York, who was first to break the news of the couple’s engagement, posted a photo of her sister holding a rose alongside a piece of paper that read, “5/11/2013.” That was the day Keleigh started dating Teller, and the same note also included the day he proposed, “8/20/2017.”

“I said, ‘This is the day you became my girlfriend, and today was the last day you woke up as my girlfriend,'” Teller shared.

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Even a year into dating, Teller knew Sperry was special. “I brought her to meet my grandparents. My grandma tweets my girlfriend,” he told Elle back in 2014. “About who knows what. My grandparents have been married for 50 years.”

Their advice? “Respect the person you’re with,” Teller continued. “My philosophy is, if I’m not happier when I’m with you, then there’s no reason for me to be with you. I’m happy on my own.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.