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‘Dance Moms’ Alum Brooke Hyland Engaged to Brian Thalman

By Michael May 7, 2024

Many stars are taking their relationships to the next level in 2024 by getting engaged.

Less than one month after Bachelor in Paradise season 9 alum Brayden Bowers revealed that he was dating fellow Bachelor Nation personality Christina Mandrell, he proposed.

“I just knew that there was something special, and there was something different, and then I got to spend time with you and got to spend time with Blakely … and introduce you to my family,” Bowers said during The Golden Wedding on January 4, referring to Mandrell’s daughter from a previous relationship. “For the first time in my life, I feel like I found someone that I can be myself with unapologetically. And I have no doubts that I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

While Bowers popped the question on the same day as Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner’s wedding to Theresa Nist, the bride and groom approved of his plans in advance.

Keep scrolling to see which other stars got engaged in 2024:

Brooke Hyland and Brian Thalman
Thalman surprised Hyland with a proposal during what she thought was just a Mother’s Day brunch with their families on May 5. Hyland was taken aback when Thalman knelt down on one knee. 
“Learned that he’s almost as tall as me on one knee — here’s to today, tomorrow, & forever after that 💍 📸: @ashleysaraphoto,” Hyland wrote via Instagram the following day alongside a carousel of photos from the proposal. 
Courtesy of Brooke Hyland/Instagram
Cody Ford and Tianna Robillard
The Cincinnati Bengals player and the TikTok star announced their engagement on April 21.
“I get to spend forever with you?! Best day of my life 🤍😭,” Robillard wrote via Instagram alongside a sweet proposal video while Ford replied, “Best night of my life 💕.”
Courtesy of Tianna Robillard/Instagram
Kid Cudi and Lola Abecassis Sartore
The rapper subtly shared on April 17 that he and Abecassis Sartore were engaged.
“My fiancé Lola and me at the Knuckles premiere. This amazing woman makes me so happy, she is everything to me and im so excited to share this news w u all 🥹,” he wrote via Instagram. “Life is wild, and right when I felt my future was uncertain, it became crystal clear with Lola. Happy Cud in full effect 😉🙏🏾.”
 
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Ashanti and Nelly
Ashanti confirmed on April 17 that she and Nelly, who are currently expecting their first baby together, are engaged.
“This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,” Ashanti told Essence. “Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience.”
Us broke the news of Ashanti’s pregnancy in December 2023.
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Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Aamodt
The Olympic athlete announced her engagement to Aamodt via Instagram on April 4, sharing a carousel of photos that showed off her ring.
Courtesy of Mikaela Shiffrin/Instagram
Cecily Strong
Strong revealed during a March 27 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers that she and her boyfriend got engaged late last year. However, the Saturday Night Live alum admitted that the proposal wasn’t a surprise. 
“We talked about getting married and then one day he was like, ‘I’m so inundated with emails and texts. Look at this,’ and he showed me his phone,” she recalled. “And the first text was from a friend and it said, ‘How did it go? Ring emoji.'”
When asked whether she saw the message, Strong contemplated lying but knew that wouldn’t be the best move. She told him that whenever he does decide to propose, that will be the real surprise — but that wasn’t the case. 
“And then I had kind of a rough night in December, and I was like, ‘Can I just wear the damn ring now?’” she quipped. “And so that’s how we got engaged.”
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Chris Conran and Alana Milne
“My dream girl said yes to forever ❤️,” Conran wrote via Instagram on March 24 alongside photos from when he proposed to Milne during a recent trip to Bali. 
The couple met during Bachelor in Paradise season 7 but left the series separately. Following filming, the reality stars ended up connecting again and went public with their romance in October 2021. 
Courtesy of Alana Milne/Instagram
Ed Westwick and Amy Jackson
The Gossip Girl alum popped the question to Jackson during a romantic ski trip in Switzerland. “Hell YES 💍,” Jackson captioned pics of the snowy proposal in a joint Instagram post with Westwick on January 29. Westwick reshared the post via his Instagram Story, writing, “I hit the jackpot xxx.”
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Marshall Glaze and Chay Barnes
The Love Is Blind alum announced on January 23 that he proposed to his girlfriend one month prior.
“The journey to ‘Happily Ever After’ started on 12.23.23 ❤️💍,” he wrote via Instagram alongside a slideshow of the couple’s engagement photoshoot. 
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Ioan Gruffudd and Bianca Wallace
The Fantastic Four actor proposed to Wallace, whom he’s been dating since 2021, less than one year after finalizing his divorce from Alice Evans.
“The most precious thing happened… ❤️💍,” Wallace wrote via Instagram on January 20, noting Gruffudd’s proposal was an “adorable shock.”
Gruffudd and Evans share two daughters: Ella and Elsie. (They finalized their divorce in June 2023.)
Courtesy of Bianca Wallace/Instagram
Brayden Bowers and Christina Mandrell
“I’m overjoyed and so grateful for @goldengerryturner and @theresa_nist for giving @braydenbowersofficial (my FIANCÉ) their blessing to propose [to] me on their special night! They’re such an inspiration and a beautiful example of love,” Mandrell, who appeared on Zach Shallcross’ season of The Bachelor, wrote via Instagram on January 5. “I had absolutely no clue this is going to happen! Even to the extent that I had been asking @neillanecouture if he could make earrings so I could propose to Brayden.”
Bowers has since moved into Mandrell’s home in Nashville.
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Meaghan Tandy and Branden Wellington
The Batwoman actress confirmed on January 11 that Wellington had proposed.
“Our journey to love has been a road God paved specifically for us. Along the way we’ve had precious moments, hard lessons and beautiful challenges; but through it all, we’ve chosen each other,” Tandy captioned an Instagram pic, debuting her engagement ring. “Now it’s full speed ahead for the ride of a lifetime.”
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Ashleigh Brewer and Mark Bauch
“The greatest human I’ve ever met wants to marry me!! 💍🥳✨We’re engaged!!! I love you beyond measure, [Mark],” the Australian actress wrote via Instagram on January 14.
 
Courtesy of Ashleigh Brewer/Instagram

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