Kelly Rowland and her fiancé were oceans apart when they became engaged.
"The X Factor" judge revealed that when Tim Witherspoon, who is also her manager, popped the question he did so on Skype while she was traveling in Bulgaria. After he proposed to her on screen during the Internet call, Rowland revealed on "The Queen Latifah Show" that she initially resisted, saying, "'We're so far away from each other.'"
But in the end, she couldn't turn him down. "It was so late and we were both ... staring at each other," she recounted. "It was just that simple to say yes. I was like, 'I got my best friend to ride through life with.' He really is my best friend."
As is the case with regular folks, not every marriage proposal takes place picture perfectly — on bended knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower (where Tom Cruise asked for Katie Holmes's hand) or during a breathtaking helicopter ride over Chicago to look at Christmas lights (how Bill Rancic swept Giuliana Rancic off her feet). Several others have gone the non-traditional route, too.
Kristin Cavallari's proposal was equally as high-tech at the Destiny's Child alum's. After calling off her engagement to Jay Cutler in 2011, they ended up reconciling later that year. When "The Hills" star was at the airport after a visit, they decided — via text message — that they were once again betrothed. Even better, the football star then FedExed her the engagement ring he had previously purchased because it would be months before their next planned visit and she wanted to start wearing her bling again.
In 2005, Pink took matters into her own hands with hubby Carey Hart. During one of his Motocross races, she made a sign that said, "Will you marry me?" that she waved as he rode by. When he didn't stop, she changed the message on her sign to read, "I'm serious!" It was then that he pulled over, raced to her side, and lifted her up. They married the next year.
Howard Stern's proposal to Beth Ostrosky sounds just how you would think it would be. It was the day before Valentine's Day in 2007, and he insisted that she strip naked. She protested, he recounted the next day on his radio show, saying she felt "too fat" to disrobe. When she finally agreed, he presented her with a 5.2 carat diamond ring. He said they slept together immediately after, but Beth noted she was distracted because she was "looking at my ring the whole time"
Another barely-there proposal was one from Seth Rogen to Lauren Miller in September 2010. "She was in our closet changing and was literally only in her underpants," the funnyman said on "Conan" soon after. "I had already kind of started [to propose]. I didn't picture it like this, and I know she didn't picture it like this." Either way, she said yes.
Will Smith didn't even have a ring when he asked Jada Pinkett Smith to be his wife in 1997. "We were just lying there, going to sleep. I looked over at her, and I said, 'Hey, we might be real good married. Wassup? You wanna marry me?'" he later told People. "Unplanned. No ring. Not the classic proposal. She said yes. It's really weird when you live the kind of lifestyle that we live: Simplicity becomes the jewel."
However, there's definitely a difference between non-traditional and non-romantic. When Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson proposed to Evelyn Lozada — their marriage was a brief one which makes sense after you hear this proposal story — he was playing a video game and barely hit the pause button to pop the question.
"He told me that the jeweler was coming to the house, so I thought he was going to buy watches. I didn't know we were going to get engaged," Lozado told Yahoo Music. When the jeweler arrived and pulled out rings, "Chad has his headset on 'cause he likes playing 'Call Of Duty,' 'FIFA,' all of that stuff. He was like, 'Which one do you like?' I'm like, 'I don't know. This one.' … I picked that one. Put it on. He goes, 'Alright, so we're engaged.'"
Johnson then resumed his game. "I'll never forget this as long as I live," she said. "It really wasn't that romantic."
Rocker Axl Rose's proposal to Erin Everly in 1990 wasn't sentimental either. She told People magazine it took place after he showed up at her door unannounced at 4 a.m., told her he had a gun in his car, and threatened to harm himself if she wouldn't say "I do." They drove to Las Vegas the next day and were hitched, but the marriage was annulled — after allegations that he was abusive — the next year.
Despite these instances, traditional still rules when it comes to marriage proposals.
"I'm seeing a trend towards the unusual and grand for proposals — but that doesn't mean tradition is gone entirely," Bridal Bar founder Harmony Walton, who helped plan weddings for Cruise and Holmes and Smith and Pinkett Smith, tells omg!. "Viral videos, flash mobs, and major memory-making events (even hiring photo and video teams to document those moments) are growing in popularity, but that doesn't mean he doesn't end up on one knee at the end."
"Social media may have taken over our world, but I don't expect to see too many Skype proposals," she adds. "I'd say skip the Skype when you ask — then use it to share the good news after the fact instead."
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