It’s a leap year, which means that women are encouraged to break with tradition and propose to their men. Will you be among them?
Believed to have originated with a deal struck between Saint Bridget and Saint Patrick around 1,500 years ago, there is a folk custom that permits women to propose marriage on 29 February, otherwise known as Leap Day. The story goes that if the man refuses the proposal, he is obliged to buy the woman gloves to cover her lack of an engagement ring.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping women from popping the question at any time, but it’s still an uncommon practice. Which female celebrities have plucked up the courage to propose to their partners?
Pop megastar Pink decided to take the wheel and propose to her future husband, motorcross racer Carey Hart, while he was in the middle of a race. When he didn’t pull over at the sight of her pit board that read ‘will you marry me?’, Pink was reportedly forced to add the word ‘seriously!’ in time for his next lap.
Film icon Elizabeth Taylor was no stranger to marriage proposals, heading to the altar eight times. But she didn’t always wait for the men to do the asking. She invited fellow actor Michael Wilding to marry her in 1952.
Britney Spears asked Kevin Federline to tie the knot on a transatlantic flight, while fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg finally took the lead with partner Barry Diller after turning down his proposals several times.
Actress Kristen Bell took a thoroughly modern approach when she popped the question to Dax Shepard via a short and sweet tweet.
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