“He gave me a present on his birthday,” Lemon wrote in the post’s caption. “How could I say no?”
Malone, a real estate agent, shared a photo on Instagram on Friday that featured him with Lemon and friends celebrating the eve of his birthday. The pair, who have been connected for at least two years, memorably shared a New Year’s kiss in New Orleans on live TV as they rang in 2018.
The year prior, the CNN host told viewers at home during a New Year’s broadcast from the same New Orleans bar that he was resolving to be “less self-centered” and that he was “open to a relationship.”
Lemon later revealed that Malone was actually at the same bar at the time, celebrating the last moments of 2016.
People on Twitter have begun celebrating the news of their engagement on Saturday:
Congratulations to my friend @donlemon and his fiancé Tim Malone on their engagement!! I’m so happy for you! 😭I was going to use an inappropriate hashtag but I’ve decided to be professional for once. pic.twitter.com/rPcpLVoZLV
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 6, 2019
Love you Y. 🤣
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 6, 2019
— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@taffyakner) April 6, 2019
Congratulations Don and Tim!!!!! 🥂🥂
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 6, 2019
Congratulations and the very best wishes from me in Dublin 🍀🌈