Pulling off a romantic proposal is no easy feat, but this lucky couple got just that with the help of Adele during her concert at Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory.
The pre-recorded show was Adele’s first in four years, and it included a performance by the 33-year-old star and an interview with Oprah Winfrey. It was then aired on November 14 as a two-hour special on CBS dubbed “Adele One Night Only.”
Adele asked the audience for their help in executing the romantic surprise at one point during the concert. She told them about Quentin Brunson (31), and Ashleigh Mann (33) who have been together seven years.
Ashleigh is a vegan chef who recently booked her first big catering job—a win she celebrated on the day of the special with her then-boyfriend. The woman had no idea that the celebration wouldn’t end there.
Adele asked the crowd to be quiet, jokingly telling her audience—which included Lizzo, Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Melissa McCarthy—“If you make a noise, I’m going to kill you.”
Quentin led Ashleigh, blindfolded, onstage. He also wore noise-canceling headphones. The man then asked Ashleigh to remove her blindfold.
Upon seeing her boyfriend on his knees, a surprised Ashleigh said, “Oh my God. What are you doing?” Getting choked up, she looked around and became even more shocked upon seeing a crowd of people watching them.
Quentin encouraged her not to lose sight of him.
“I want to thank you for being so patient with me,” Quentin, still on his knees, told Ashleigh. “I am extremely proud of you. You blow me away every day. There’s absolutely nothing that you cannot do.”
He held back his tears and continued:
“And I just know you’re going to be an amazing mother to our kids one day. I love, I love, I love, I love, I will always love you. It’s been a long time coming. Will you marry me?”
The audience cheered and applauded when she said yes. The spotlight was then cast upon Adele, who stunned Ashleigh once again.
“Hello, Ashleigh,” she said before instructing the couple to sit in the front row next to Lizzo and Melissa McCarthy. The latter offered an emotional Ashleigh tissue, and a glass champagne.
“Thank God she said yes, because I didn’t know who I was going to sing this song to next,” Adele joked.
The singer serenaded the newly-engaged lovers with her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” a track included on her debut album, 19. She stopped between two lines of the song to tease the new bride-to-be: “She’s crying her eyes out!”
Quentin listed Rochester as his hometown, and Spencerport High School is his high school. According to his LinkedIn profile he graduated from Syracuse University in 2013. He now lives in Los Angeles and works as a site director at Communities in Schools of Los Angeles.
Before the concert, the show’s producers had run an ad looking for people planning to propose. Quentin took his chance and submitted a one-minute video explaining why she and Ashleigh “deserved the opportunity.”
“And I just let them know I felt like it was, this opportunity was from God, for sure, because it was made for us. … I just knew that, if I submit to this, they’re gonna pick us because we just have so much to offer. And I’m just happy everything went the way it did,” he told CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.
Quentin didn’t even know that it was going to be an Adele concert until a couple of days before it happened, which worked for the better because knowing about it early on would make him more nervous.
Quentin arranged a meeting with Ashleigh on the day of the show, purportedly in celebration of her first major catering gig.
Ashleigh had been talking to her about visiting a pumpkin farm and assumed they were going on an hayride. But, they discovered something more.
It’s not possible for every couple to say they were engaged in front Adele. Quentin and Ashleigh are two of the lucky ones!
See how Quentin’s romantic proposal played out in the video below.
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