Jenna Bush Hager Gave Husband ‘Manipulative’ Proposal ‘Ultimatum’

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Oh, younger love! Jenna Bush Hager knew she wished to marry husband Henry Chase Hager — and tried to make use of controversial ways to try to make her want come true.

“Once we have been relationship, I used to be leaving Washington D.C. and I sort of — in a dramatic style you might or might not acknowledge — mentioned, ‘In case you don’t need me to go away for Latin America, we have to get engaged,’” Jenna, 41, advised cohost Hoda Kotb on the Tuesday, February 14, episode of Right this moment With Hoda & Jenna. “It was a manipulative ultimatum. Actual manipulative. And [I said] ‘You already know, there are very good-looking males over there, however we might get engaged?’”

Regardless of her requests, Henry, 44, advised the Texas native that he “wasn’t going to marry me.” Nevertheless, an evening out in town collectively round Valentine’s Day made Jenna — wrongly — surprise if he’d modified his thoughts.

“They introduced two glasses of champagne on the finish of the meal and tied round one was the fortune, which they bought unsuitable. It was speculated to say one thing like, ‘Go and once you come again, I’ll be right here.’ However all it mentioned was, ‘Don’t go.’ With champagne,” she mentioned. “And Henry isn’t a champagne fella, so I used to be like, ‘Sure! I’ll marry you!’ And his face dropped. He might have cried.”

Whereas Jenna initially hoped the awkward second could possibly be swept underneath the rug, her previous got here again to hang-out her when the Washington Put up printed an article concerning the state of affairs after one other couple on the restaurant overheard their dialog.

“So in The Washington Put up, there was an article that was like, ‘On a date night time, Jenna thought she was getting engaged however seems no she wasn’t. Restaurant eaters heard her say, ‘I practically [s—t] my pants’ — it mentioned the phrase ‘dirty,’” she defined whereas cringing on the reminiscence.

Fortunately for the Give producer, her beau discovered the state of affairs hilarious and. even bought a replica of the article, framing it for her Valentine’s Day reward. He didn’t, nevertheless, get down on one knee till years later.

“[My grandmother] Barbara [Bush] stored telling my mother – trigger I’d name and be sort of grumpy. She’d be like, ‘I don’t assume he’s going to do it. He’s going to again out. There’s no approach it’s occurring,’” Bush Hager recalled.

Ultimately, Henry popped the query and the twosome tied the knot in Might 2008 after 4 years of relationship. They went on to welcome three kids collectively: daughters Mila and Poppy and son Hal in 2013, 2015 and 2019, respectively.

The Sisters First: Tales From Our Wild and Great Life writer has usually gotten candid concerning the bumpy moments in her relationship through the years — particularly when her father, George W. Bush, was President of america.

“My worst first date concerned the Secret Service, let’s simply go away it at that,” she mentioned throughout a February 2021 episode of her speak present. “It was with Henry and his automobile ran out of fuel and went backward and hit the Secret Service. … I used to be laughing, however he was horrified.”