January 4, 2021
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The holiday season will be even more memorable for Naturi Naughton.
Two days before Christmas, her wedding proposal was masked as a princess-themed photo shoot for her and her 3-year-old daughter Zuri; “Out of nowhere I see Mickey, Minnie, and the whole Disney crew walk in, and then I see my parents and one of my best friends walk in behind them—all wearing their masks,” Naughton told Essence. I was in shock! When I turned around, my now fiancé was down on one knee! Ahhhhh!”
Although the Power Book II: Ghost actress has kept her man’s identity under wraps, she revealed that she has her former co-star, Omari Hardwick, to thank for introducing the pair.
“I never imaged that one random night in NY would change my life so much,” the 36-year-old shared. “I had no idea I was about to meet the best teammate ever. Omari Hardwick and I were recording a song together and Omari was like, ‘oh you gotta meet my people’. On that night, I met this kind, handsome, southern gentleman who would love me like I’ve never been loved.”
“From that point on, we talked every day, quietly dated and fell in love,” she added. “Thank you, TV hubby, for introducing me to my future hubby!”
What sealed the deal even further for the singer turned actress was that his proposal also included her daughter from a previous relationship.
“The most beautiful part of the proposal is that he gave Zuri a ring too, with her birthstone (Ruby) in it. My fiancé said that his commitment to me is also a lifetime commitment to her.”
During the interview, Naughton also revealed that she “became a single mother overnight” while shooting Power and didn’t believe that her heart could mend from the pain caused by past relationships.
“Today I am overcome with gratitude. I feel so blessed that God sent me a man who values me, my daughter, my family and has his own close relationship with God.”
Congratulations to the couple!