‘Such a perfect, beautiful moment’


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Frankie Grande and Hale Leon are engaged!

The Broadway star and activist, 38, surprised Leon, 28, an actor, with an extended VR proposal on Tuesday night in Los Angeles surrounded by close friends and family, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

Grande, who is celebrating his four-year anniversary sober birthday On June 16, Leon initially said they would meet up with friends to celebrate his sober birthday a few days earlier, then surprised the actor with the proposal.

Grande posed the question on the site of one of the couple’s memorable first dates — dreamscape, an immersive VR adventure location in Los Angeles. The Rainbowthon host worked with the company to create a custom ending for the couple’s VR experience, complete with a “Will you marry me?” message and intergalactic virtual fireworks.

“It was such a perfect, beautiful moment,” Grande told PEOPLE. “Hale was completely taken aback and we both started to cry tears of joy. I’ve been proposing to him in virtual reality for over a year and it was ABSOLUTELY breathtaking for both of us.”

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“Can’t wait for everyone to see the video! Omg! We’re so happy!” he adds.

In attendance were the couple’s closest family and friends, including Grande’s mother Joan and Leon’s aunt Carolyn.

The married couple met in 2019 in a line dance bar in Los Angeles, which Grande playfully called “love at first dance.”

“I randomly went to this Oil Can Harry’s bar in the Valley and I saw Hale dancing on stage,” Grande recalled to PEOPLE shortly after they started dating. “He performed for everyone. He likes going to Oil Can Harry’s, he knew all the dances, I was amazed.”

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“It was definitely love at first dance,” he added. “I chased after him to meet him afterwards, but he disappeared to do his hair.”

Grande said everyone in his family loves Leon, especially his grandmother, who can be hard to impress.

“Nonna really loved him and paraded with him through her retirement home, [showing us off] like the new hip gay couple visiting,” he said. “It was so cool, I didn’t know if they’d be hip for that, but it was really cute.”

The couple recently celebrated their two-year anniversary with a series of sweet social media posts and a trip to Palm Springs.

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“Honey, if we can survive the quarantine… we can survive anything! πŸ’‡πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ,” Grande wrote on several photos of the couple on Instagram. “Happy 2nd anniversary my dear. πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨Looking forward to so many more laughs and smiles and costumes and hopefully no more haircuts! 🀣 I love you with all my heart! 😘”

Grande’s Engagement News Comes Just Weeks After His Sister Ariana Grande tied the knot to her partner Dalton Gomez.

“They’re married,” Grande’s rep told PEOPLE at the time. “It was small and intimate – less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

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