It was a proposal fit for the Golden Age!
New York City Department of Culture commissioner Laurie Cumbo was proposed by her partner — former NY State Assembly nominee Bobby Digi Olisa — at one of the hottest events of the year.
The pair gave Kim Kardashian’s skintight Marilyn Monroe gown a run for his scene-stealing money as they walked down the infamous steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the 2022 Met Gala on Monday night.
Cumbo and Olisa, both 47, were at the party when the latter got down on one knee and presented his love with a distinctive Tiffany ring box in the color of a robin’s egg.
Cumbo and Olisa – executive director and founder of the Canvas Institute on Staten Island – share a 5-year-old son and have been together for almost eight years.
“I think my fiancé just asked me to marry him and this is amazing, unexpected, wonderful. It’s the best day ever!” Cumbo gushed to NBC after the surprise, which even made it to the pages of fashion bible Vogue.
She also told the outlet that she was an intern at the Met Gala decades ago — when she was 15. “Now I come back as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Culture and I’m honored to be here tonight,” she added.
Cumbo was appointed by Mayor Eric Adams in March 2022. Adams, 61, also attended the star-studded Gilded Age-themed party, rocking a tailored suit that pleaded “end gun violence.”
She also stopped by to talk to her conversation tonight about the proposal at the museum and found that she had not expected this.
“I didn’t know it was going to happen tonight. We’ve talked about it,” she said, also explaining that she and her husband have overcome several hurdles as a couple, so “this is such an honor and blessing.”
Olisa later revealed to the Associated Press that he had wanted to pop the question for quite some time.
“You know, it’s always like trying to wait for the right time,” he said. “So when is the right time given what’s going on around the world? So I just thought, ‘Today we’re going to make it.’ “
Cumbo was definitely impressed by Olisa’s grand romantic gesture: “You’ve been waiting for this moment almost your whole life and that it’s right here, it was everything I imagined,” she said.
Other A-listers have used the prestigious Met Gala to make a romantic move, including former President Donald Trump and FLOTUS Melania, who debuted a “big diamond” ring there in 2004. Rapper 2Chainz went all the way in 2018: The Def Jam recording artist, 44, proposed to his then-girlfriend Kesha Ward.