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Queer Eye co-star Karamo Brown is the ultimate culture expert, well-versed in all things lifestyle. But when it came to capturing the heart of now-fiancé Ian Jordan, it didn’t go as smoothly as one might think.
Last night, in front of family & friends, I asked my best friend and the love of my life, “will you marry me?” He said YESSS!!!! I’m engaged! Showing off our beautiful @davidyurmanmen rings. #LoveWins @theianjordan
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The two met in 2010, Brown told Yahoo Lifestyle. When walking out of a nightclub in Los Angeles, Brown spotted Jordan — a handsome stranger — and playfully came up behind him and scooped him off the ground.
“When I picked him up,” Brown recalled, “he started hitting my head, saying, ‘Put me down!’ And when I put him down, he looked at me and said, ‘Oh, hey, you can pick me back up.’”
“When I picked him up, he started hitting my head, saying, ‘Put me down!’ And when I put him down, he looked at me and said, ‘Oh, hey, you can pick me back up.’”
Brown invited Jordan to his birthday party that very weekend — but Jordan, naturally, went home to do some Facebook investigating. He noticed that Brown’s relationship status was set to “in a relationship,” so he decided to forgo the party.
“Even though I went home and literally told every member of my family I had met the man I was going to spend the rest of my life with,” Brown said, he had forgotten to change his status after a past relationship had ended.
“I feel bad about it now,” Jordan says.
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“Sometimes when you know, you just know,” Brown stated. “It was something about his soul, connecting with my soul; I just knew.”
The two might have had a rocky start, with opposite styles of communication — “I was a little bit more guarded than Karamo,” Jordan said — but after just a month, the couple got on the same page.
“I felt really connected to him. I could feel this going somewhere. I really liked the idea of family,” he said, after explaining how he had wanted to gain the approval of Brown’s two sons from a previous relationship.
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In May, Brown proposed to Jordan during a surprise birthday party of a lifetime, and they are planning their wedding for October 2020.
“It’s funny, because I’m good at making other people cry, but I never really have those releases,” Brown said. “So the fact that Ian always really brings that out in me,” he said, really means a lot.
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