Karamo Brown has proposed to his long-term boyfriend, Ian Jordan – and, of course, his Queer Eye co-hosts Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness were all present for the big moment.
Karamo Brown is the unsung leader of Netflix’s Queer Eye. In every single episode, he makes it his business to go beyond the physical makeover, taking each man to one side and helping them to find and prioritise the love, “swagger” and meaning in their lives.
Throughout the series, Brown has instilled AJ Brown with the courage he needed to come out to his stepmother. He was there for Remi, who needed assistance in coming to terms with the death of his father. And, famously, Brown was the one who coaxed Tom “You Can’t Fix Ugly” Jackson into asking the love of his live, Abby, out on a date (it went well, if you’re wondering – the pair are now married).
So it makes sense that the Culture Expert wanted all his friends and family – including Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness – around him when he got proposed to his long-term boyfriend, Ian Jordan.
According to multiple reports, Brown filled a room with flowers, balloons and loved ones, before playing a specially-made video for his partner of eight years.
He then got down on one knee and – as seen in footage taken at the event – presented his partner with two rings, each one black and one silver David Yurman band. The Netflix star also got himself the same rings and had the matching bands engraved.
He declared: “You are the funniest man I know, the kindest man, my biggest cheerleader.
“You made me feel like I could do anything… [and] all of these things I accomplish, is only because when I get home, I know that I have you…
“You make me feel like I can do anything and I just want you to know that I hope we can conquer the world together.”
The couple have been raising Brown’s two children – one of whom made a moving speech at the event – together.
In fact, it wasn’t until after Brown achieved fame on MTV that the reality star learned he was the father of a 10-year-old son.
“I came out at 16-years-old as a proud, gay man. My last girlfriend in high school – when I was 15 – became pregnant with my child but did not tell me,” Brown shared with Parents.com.
“She moved away, and I never had contact with her again; remember this is before social media.”
Ten years later, he received a subpoena for child support on his doorstep. This is how he learned about his child. He immediately took full custody of his son, Jason – and, when he learned Jason had a half-brother, Chris, went on to dedicate a decade of his life to being a social worker while adopting Chris in order to keep the family unit together.
“I took legal guardianship of Chris [in 2011]. Chris was nine at the time, and it has been an amazing journey. Again, I give my son’s mother so much praise for allowing me to step in and support her in raising our kids,” Brown explained.
Queer Eye season 2 is expected to hit Netflix in 2019.