Not every woman would consider proposing to her man and it usually takes a pretty confident woman to do so. There’s a reason for that: we all want to be proposed to but when it comes right down to it, there is the fear that he might say no if we take the initiative. That’s where the confidence comes in. Confident women propose because they already know what answer they are going to get.
Some people think that there is a stigma attached to a woman proposing to a man. But in society, it’s considered completely normal for a woman to propose to a man just like it is normal for a man to pop the question. Other people think that women propose because that’s the only way that they will get married. But that’s not true.
There are more celebrities than you might think who took that important leap and made the choice to ask for a man's hand in marriage. They weren’t waiting around, they went for it and got exactly what they wanted! Well, some of them did.
Sometimes it just makes sense for a woman to propose. Check out these 15 female celebs who got down on one knee and popped the question, and five on-screen characters who did the same thing.
20 Britney Spears Popped The Question On A Private Plane
Many people were surprised when Britney Spears decided to get married when she hadn’t even been with Kevin Federline for very long. She also was the one who popped the question, and she did it while they were on a private plane. She told People,
"I'd finished the European part of my tour and I was going home. I was ready to get back to the States. I was really happy. Kevin was with me, so I'd had a lot of fun on the tour. Then all of a sudden I said, 'What if you want to get married?' And I kind of went from there to asking him if he would marry me. I asked him... He said no because he thought it wasn't the right way to do it.”
19 Kristen Bell Didn’t Waste Any Time
As soon as the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were no longer unconstitutional, Kristen didn’t waste any time proposing to her man. “The reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant,” she told The Advocate.
She added, “Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.”
Oddly enough, she proposed via a Twitter post.
18 Chrissy Lampkin Wanted To Prove Her Love
For some women, proposing to their men is a great way of showing them how much they love them. Isn’t that why men also propose to the ladies in their life? Reality star and stylist Chrissy Lampkin wanted to be the one to propose to her man, rapper Jim Jones. She did it to “let him know that I love him enough and I am proud and happy enough to display that to the world,” as Lipstick Alley reports.
The couple had a small, private ceremony to exchange their vows. They specifically wanted to keep their special day to themselves.
17 Judge Judy Popped The Question
Judge Judy is a very confident and strong woman so it’s not really surprising to hear that she would be the one to propose to her man. No one is going to tell her that proposing is a man’s job. She proposed to her second husband, Jerry Sheindlin, in 1978.
Judy told DuJour, "[H]e tried to weasel out of it... I told him to pick a date. He picked Flag Day.” It’s an odd date but at the end of the day, Judy got exactly what she was looking for. It clearly pays to go against the norm and follow your heart.
16 Zsa Zsa Gabor Proposed To All Nine Of Her Husbands
Zsa Zsa Gabor was married a whopping nine times in her life. Maybe she felt that she was continuing to hone the fine art of marriage. Who knows? She has also bragged about the fact that she proposed to every one of her husbands. That was certainly during a time when it wasn’t typical for a woman to propose.
Interestingly, she started early since she proposed to her first husband at the age of 15. She said, as Good Housekeeping reports, "I pay all my own bills... I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me."
15 Pink Proposed Creatively During A Race
Pink has had some ups and downs in her relationship with Carey Hart over the years, but the two have worked hard to stay together. Pink knew when the moment was right to pop the question. She’s not exactly the kind of girl to wait around for a guy to propose to her.
She loves empowering women, and seems to live in a way that reflects her non-conformist views. Hart was in a motocross race and she felt that was the perfect time to propose to him.
During the third lap of his race, she held up a sign that said, "Will you marry me? I'm serious!" The two married a year later.
14 Elizabeth Taylor Proposed To One Of Her Husbands
Elizabeth Taylor was another woman who you wouldn’t expect to wait around for any man. She’s been married multiple times and she’s proposed to at least one of her husbands. It was her second husband to whom she popped the question. She asked Michael Wilding to marry her and the two married in 1952.
They didn’t have a big wedding. Instead, they just went to the Caxton Hall Register Office. The ceremony only took 15 minutes. They had two children together before they separated in 1957. She then went on to marry six more times.
13 Jennifer Hudson Proposed On His Birthday
In 2009, Jennifer Hudson proposed to her boyfriend, David Otunga, and he said yes. But oddly enough, these two never got married. They stayed together for 10 years but never tied the knot.
"Well, the ring is still there. We will get married one day," Hudson said on The Wendy Williams Show in 2014. "My thing is, once I get married, I don't believe in divorce, and so, when I get married, it's for good. We want to be completely sure...we're together, we're happy. I just think, you know, take baby steps."
The two split up in 2017.
12 Diane Von Furstenberg Gave The Ultimate Birthday Gift
Diane Von Furstenberg decided to be creative when she proposed to her boyfriend. She told Oprah that when she was dating Barry Diller she wanted to give him the perfect birthday present. She called up her man and said, “You know, if you want, for your birthday, I'll marry you."
He said yes and they married a week later. Many people have found their relationship odd as they live in separate areas of Manhattan. “I don’t understand what [there is] to understand,” she said in response to this, as Page Six reports. “At times we were separated, at times we were only friends, at times we were lovers, at times we’re husband and wife, that’s our life.”
11 Gretchen Rossi Made Her Boyfriend An Honest Man
Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley were dating for a while even though she was on a show about wives. The Real Housewives of Orange County star decided to change that and during an episode of the show, she proposed to her man. The other stars were upset, saying that she'd done it as a publicity stunt.
Her costar, Tamra Judge, said, "I remember having a conversation with Gretchen and I said to her, 'You're not doing anything. You've got nothing going on with your life. You have no kids, you're not married,' and suddenly the star was proposing to her boyfriend and getting married."
10 Halle Berry Made Her Man’s Dreams Come True
Way back in the day, Halle Berry was dating baseball player David Justice and asked him to marry her. The two spent four years together before they broke up. Berry later said that he wasn't such a nice guy.
"For so many years, there has been this cloud [over] the guys who were associated with Halle back then," David Justice told People. A source for Berry shot back with, “Halle and David haven’t spoken for years and when they did last, there was no animosity between them whatsoever. They were really friendly. This is coming out of nowhere.”
9 Heather Mills Proposed To Her First Husband
Before Heather Mills was married to the legendary Sir Paul McCartney, she was married to Alfie Karmal. When they were dating, she was the one who popped the question. The marriage didn’t last, and Alfie felt sympathy for Paul when he was going through a divorce with Heather at a later stage.
"You could say we've both been 'Heathered' - no, make that 'tarred and Heathered,'" Alfie said, as Evening Standard reports. "She really knows how to put you through the wringer. Everything with her is so acrimonious, so confrontational. I feel sorry for Paul because I've been there and I know what he's probably going through right now.”
8 Joanne Mas Proposed To Danny Dyer
Sometimes it takes a woman asking for a hand in marriage to get the guy. Danny Dyer and Joanne Mas were childhood sweethearts. So, why did it take so long for them to get married? The two had been together for a really long time before she popped the question and they finally married in 2016.
"To be standing here with the girl I grew up with – looking so beautiful in her wedding dress – that is a lovely thing. Jo is my best girl – the love of my life. Without her I would be nothing," he said, as Hello reports.
7 Billie Piper Proposed When She Was 18
Billie Piper was only 18 years old when she decided to ask Radio DJ Chris Evans to marry her. The two got married in 2001 but were separated by 2004 and then divorced in 2007. The two had only been dating for five months when they got married. Even though they divorced, she stated that he would always be her best friend.
She told Sunday People, “Chris saved me from a lot and helped me so much with my life. He’s so inspiring and bright and brilliant.”
There is a 16-year age difference between the two and although that may raise an eyebrow, it seems as if she learned a lot from the relationship.
6 Joseline Hernandez Got Tired Of Waiting
Some women just don’t want to wait around anymore. They want to be married, and they go after what they want. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. We talk a lot about going after the things that you want in life and if it’s marriage, then why should anyone wait? Joseline Hernandez is a TV personality known as “The Puerto Rican Princess.” She went after her boyfriend, Stevie J, and asked him to marry her.
“Waiting on Stevie, you’ll get grey cootie cat hairs!” she said, as Hello Beautiful reports. Sometimes you really have to go for it and hope for the best, and in this case it worked out for her.
5 Big Screen: Sandra Bullock Got Down On One Knee For Ryan Reynolds
Sandra Bullock played book editor Margaret Tate in The Proposal and she used her assistant Andrew Paxton (played by Ryan Reynolds) because she was being kicked out of the country and needed his help. She proposed to him and it was all just supposed to be an act until she got her green card, but the two ended up falling in love.
Although she proposed first, he proposed right back by the end of the movie. He asked her if she would marry him so he could date her. It’s a cute movie and how could you not love a movie with these two brilliant stars in it?
4 Big Screen: Julia Roberts Takes A Chance
Julia Roberts played the bride who can’t commit in Runaway Bride. She would fall in love but she wasn’t ever able to seal the deal even though she had multiple weddings. When Richard Gere came around, we assumed that her running was over but she also left him at the altar.
She realized that she had to find herself before she could truly love someone else. In the end, she proposed to him. He'd already had his heart broken, so we weren’t sure if he was even going to say yes. “I love you, Homer Eisenhower Graham. Will you marry me?” she asked. When he said he had to think about it, she gave him a tear-jerking speech he couldn't resist.
3 TV Proposal: Monica Proposes To Chandler On Friends
Fans of Friends loved the fact that two friends got together because it seemed like a match made in heaven. But what was even better was when they got married. Chandler was originally going to propose to Monica, but in the end she was the one getting down on one knee.
For anyone that watched the episode, there wasn’t a dry eye in sight. We knew that she would never choose Richard over Chandler and in the end, they got married and created a family together. It was easily one of the best TV proposals in history.
2 TV Proposal: Miranda From Sex And The City Took Action
We all loved the group of girls from Sex and the City but usually if you were pegged a “Miranda”, that wasn’t a good thing. That said, there is a cool reason to be like Miranda and that’s because she went after what she wanted, no questions asked.
She was a hard-working woman who was not distracted by love like the other girls were. When she realized that Steve was the one for her, she had no problem asking him to marry her. Sometimes you just know, so why should you have to wait for a guy to get around to it?
1 TV Proposal: Penny Surprised Everyone By Proposing To Leonard
When Leonard and Penny first got together, we thought for sure that they were soulmates. But they have certainly had a rocky relationship. For many years it was on and off, so we weren’t sure how it was all going to work out.
We’ve always thought that they made a cute couple because who doesn’t love the nerd getting the girl, right? Penny seemed to pick the worst time to pop the question because she wasn't exactly sober, but in the end it all worked out. How could he say no to a face like that?