- Laurie Cumbo, the commissioner of cultural affairs for New York, got engaged at the Met Gala.
- Cumbo was proposed to by her now-fiancé Bobby Digi Olisa on the red carpet at Monday’s event.
- “I didn’t know it was going to happen tonight,” Cumbo told Entertainment Tonight.
A couple got engaged on the red carpet at the 2022 Met Galawhich took place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday.
According to footage by NBC New York, Laurie Cumbo, the 47-year-old Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for New York City, said yes to a proposal from her partner Bobby Digi Olisa, a former New York State Assembly candidate.
The couple had ascended halfway up the Met steps when Digi Olisa dropped to one knee and held out a distinct Tiffany blue ring box.
After saying yes and kissing Digi Olisa, Cumbo spoke to NBC about what had just happened: “I guess my fiancé just asked me to marry him and this is amazing, unexpected, wonderful,” she said, adding that they have been together for almost eight years and have a 5-year-old son together.
“This is the best day ever,” she added.
According to the Official Website of the City of New York, the commissioner was newly appointed to her role in March by Mayor Eric Adams.
Speaking about her return to the Met Gala, Cumbo, who did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, told NBC: “The last time was here I was 15 years old as an intern at the Met Gala before all of this, and now I’m coming back as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and it’s an honor to be here tonight. ”
Cumbo also spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the proposal in a clip posted to Twitter on Monday: “I didn’t know it was going to happen tonight. We’ve been talking about it,” she said, noting that they have been through a lot as a couple so “this is such an honor and this is such a blessing. ”
As for the future groom, he told reporters he’s been planning the proposal for awhile. “You know, it’s always like trying to wait for the right time. So when is the right time considering everything that’s going on worldwide? So I was just like, ‘Today we’re going to make it happen,'” Digi Olisa told The Associated Press.
Cumbo and Digi Olisa now join a small number of couples who have become engaged at one of the fashion industry’s most iconic events. Also on the list is rapper 2 Chainz, who proposed to his long-term girlfriend Kesha Ward at the 2018 gala, as well as Donald and Melania Trump who, according to People, became engaged at the Met in 2004.