Kate Upton took the occasion of her fourth Met Gala to share some big personal news: She and baseball player Justin Verlander are engaged.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model revealed Monday night in New York City that her fiance, who pitches for the Detroit Tigers, proposed to her just before the MLB season started. And really, could anyone pretend not to see that massive diamond?
“We’ve been keeping it on the down low for quite a while,” Upton, 23, told E! News on the red carpet. “So I’m excited to finally be able to share it with the world!” No wedding plans any time soon, she told the outlet -- so far, they’re just enjoying the betrothal.
“I’ve known Kate for a long time and it’s been so cool to watch her grow up and become the person she is today,” makeup artist Tracy Murphy, who helped with Upton’s Met Gala look, told The Times on Tuesday. “I am so thrilled for her and Justin -- they are a dream couple and the most down to earth people ever. I just couldn’t be more happy for her and for them!”
Upton wore a custom-designed, hand-beaded gown by Topshop -- Helen Hunt in H&M at the 2013 Oscars, anyone? -- with makeup by Murphy that was designed to make “The Other Woman” actress’ eyes pop: strong brow, smoky ring of shadow, black liner and layers of mascara. It all worked seamlessly with the silver dress, which was geared toward the event’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme.
Upton also attended the exclusive event in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Verlander, meanwhile, is pitching Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians.
(Psst: Verlander, 33, in addition to being Upton’s boyfriend on and off for three years, was the guy who was with her in one of those nude celebrity photos that were stolen and made public back in 2013 -- and the reason she had a bad breakup with the New York Yankees, her former favorite team.)
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