7 male celebrity quotes on proposing

Apparently even A-listers aren't immune to pre-proposal panic. Here are 7 of our favourite proposal story quotes...

George Clooney Amal Alamuddin
George Clooney Amal Alamuddin

Apparently even A-listers aren't immune to pre-proposal panic. Here are 7 of our favourite proposal story quotes...

1. George Clooney on proposing to Amal Alamuddin

‘It was one of those horrible moments, we didn’t talk about it, It wasn't like “oh, maybe we should get married” or anything. I plotted the whole thing out. I've got it all set up, timed out and the song is coming and she gets up to go wash the dishes, which she's never done, and I'm like, “What are you doing?” and she comes back in. And finally I said, “Ya know, I blew out the candle' and I said, “I think the lighter's in the box behind you.” And she reaches around and she pulls out the box and I've got just the ring sitting in there and she pulls it out and she looks at it and she's like, “It's a ring” – like as if somebody had left it there some other time.’

2. John Krasinski on proposing to Emily Blunt

‘She did cry after I cried and we cried and then everyone around us was crying. Then, I think people weren't really sure what was going on, but they were crying because we were crying. But it was great. At the end of the day she said yes which is great. It's a big part of this whole thing.’

3. Joe Manganiello on proposing to Sofia Vergara

‘I had a big speech in Spanish, and that's what I was nervous about. The last thing you want to do is like mess up the Spanish on the proposal to the Colombian woman.’

4. Prince William on proposing to Kate Middleton

'I had been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go, everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared I would be in a lot of trouble and because I'd planned it, it went fine.’

5. Seth Rogen on proposing to Lauren Miller

‘I felt like someone had given me like a truckload of heroin to hold onto, I felt like the feds were going to kick in my door at any second. I couldn't have a conversation with my girlfriend. All I could think of was this ring.’

6. Matthew McConaughey on proposing to Camila Alves

‘During Christmastime we go around as a family and everyone gets their turn to open presents. I had wrapped the engagement ring in about eight different boxes deep so she’d have to keep opening boxes to get to it. And because we go around and swap out and take turns on who’s opening presents, she had to get skipped the last 15 times. She kept going, “Why can’t I open that present?” And I said, “You have to wait til the end.” Finally I get to her and I’m calling my family over ... and her eyes go wide and I take a knee and I said, “Will you marry me and take my name?”’

7. Kanye west on proposing to Kim Kardashian

‘She knew I was eventually going to ask her to marry me. I just had to get that ring right. I worked with four different jewelers, three rings were made, only one, like, actually hit the finger with Lorraine [Schwartz]. She came through, I actually changed it the night before. That ring was, like, less than four hours old by the time I gave it to her. I was nervous a little bit. But it was more about it happening on cue. They didn’t have the lights exactly like I wanted it to be. I’m arguing with the guy who put it together for me. He’s talking about, “Man it need to be more romantic”. I said, “It’s a baseball field. What you talking about? If I wanted to be romantic, I would have gone to a small restaurant or something.”'

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.