Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged, a spokesperson for the network told HuffPost on Thursday. As the New York Post first reported, Scarborough proposed while the two were celebrating Brzezinski’s 50th birthday in France. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the couple recounted the big moment, which occurred while they were walking back to their hotel one night:
“Halfway up the hill, he said he needed to sit down,” she told me. “We hadn’t been feeling well, so I thought, Oh, poor guy, he can’t make it up the hill.”
“His glasses were fogging up he was so nervous. I kept thinking he really must not have felt well,” Brzezinski said.
Scarborough then plopped down on one knee with an oval-shaped diamond ring set in platinum that he’d been hiding in his suitcase for days and asked her to marry him. “When I saw him on one knee, I started laughing nervously, almost hysterically,” she said. “And then he asked, and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ ”
They told Vanity Fair that both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner even offered to officiate their wedding when the group had dinner earlier this year. But as Brzezinski put it, “the mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just ... no.”
Scarborough and Brzezinski’s on-air banter helped fuel constant rumors that the two were dating. Jezebel called their chemistry “endearing and sexually tense as hell.”
The pair hadn’t gone out of their way to deny the reports, either.
“I really don’t want to talk about my personal life,” Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, told GQ last year. “As always, I defer to Mika.”
Most recently, Scarborough made headlines by telling The Hollywood Reporter that “we have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too ... I think that pretty much says it, doesn’t it?”