Kelly Rowland's Skype Proposal and Other Non-Traditional Engagements

Celebrity News Dec. 18, 2013 AT 12:15PM
Kelly Rowland on December 7, 2013 In honor of Kelly Rowland's surprise Skype proposal from Tim Witherspoon, take a look at other non-traditional celeb proposals Credit: Joe Kohen/FilmMagic

Kelly Rowland and her fiancé were oceans apart when they became engaged.

"The X Factor" judge revealed that when Tim Witherspoon, who is also her manager, popped the question he did so on Skype while she was traveling in Bulgaria. After he proposed to her on screen during the Internet call, Rowland revealed on "The Queen Latifah Show" that she initially resisted, saying, "'We're so far away from each other.'"

But in the end, she couldn't turn him down. "It was so late and we were both ... staring at each other," she recounted. "It was just that simple to say yes. I was like, 'I got my best friend to ride through life with.' He really is my best friend."

As is the case with regular folks, not every marriage proposal takes place picture perfectly — on bended knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower (where Tom Cruise asked for Katie Holmes's hand) or during a breathtaking helicopter ride over Chicago to look at Christmas lights (how Bill Rancic swept Giuliana Rancic off her feet). Several others have gone the non-traditional route, too.

Kristin Cavallari's proposal was equally as high-tech at the Destiny's Child alum's. After calling off her engagement to Jay Cutler in 2011, they ended up reconciling later that year. When "The Hills" star was at the airport after a visit, they decided -- via text message -- that they were once again betrothed. Even better, the football star then FedExed her the engagement ring he had previously purchased because it would be months before their next planned visit and she wanted to start wearing her bling again.

In 2005, Pink took matters into her own hands with hubby Carey Hart. During one of his Motocross races, she made a sign that said, "Will you marry me?" that she waved as he rode by. When he didn't stop, she changed the message on her sign to read, "I'm serious!" It was then that he pulled over, raced to her side, and lifted her up. They married the next year.

Howard Stern's proposal to Beth Ostrosky sounds just how you would think it would be. It was the day before Valentine's Day in 2007, and he insisted that she strip naked. She protested, he recounted the next day on his radio show, saying she felt "too fat" to disrobe. When she finally agreed, he presented her with a 5.2 carat diamond ring. He said they slept together immediately after, but Beth noted she was distracted because she was "looking at my ring the whole time"

Another barely-there proposal was one from Seth Rogen to Lauren Miller in September 2010. "She was in our closet changing and was literally only in her underpants," the funnyman said on "Conan" soon after. "I had already kind of started [to propose]. I didn't picture it like this, and I know she didn't picture it like this." Either way, she said yes.

However, there's definitely a difference between non-traditional and non-romantic. When Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson proposed to Evelyn Lozada -- their marriage was a brief one, which makes sense after you hear this proposal story -- he was playing a video game and barely hit the pause button to pop the question.

"He told me that the jeweler was coming to the house, so I thought he was going to buy watches. I didn't know we were going to get engaged," Lozado told Yahoo Music. When the jeweler arrived and pulled out rings, "Chad has his headset on 'cause he likes playing 'Call Of Duty,' 'FIFA,' all of that stuff. He was like, 'Which one do you like?' I'm like, 'I don't know. This one.' ... I picked that one. Put it on. He goes, 'Alright, so we're engaged.'"

Johnson then resumed his game. "I'll never forget this as long as I live," she said. "It really wasn't that romantic."

Despite these instances, traditional still rules when it comes to marriage proposals.

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