Adrienne Bailon is now engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Lenny Santiago, and The Real co-host could not be more thrilled. Santiago, 40, who is senior vice president of artist management at Roc Nation, proposed to Bailon, 31, last week. She’s been showing off her bling on Instagram ever since and she recently shared their love story in an interview with Us Weekly.
"We were friends before [dating], and we were friends for a really long time," she said. "I think the fact that he met me when I was recording a solo album for Def Jam, and I was not interested in dating him at all, so he got to know [the] real me and I never had to put on any act for him all. He already knew me stripped down — he would see me every day in the studio with a bun in my hair and no makeup."
She might not have been interested in dating him in the beginning, but Bailon later admitted that she instantly thought he was cute and adored his smile. She also added that one of the happiest parts of her engagement was getting to share her exciting news with her fellow co-hosts on The Real.
"I was shocked, but at the same time, it was so great being able to share it with my girls," Bailon said. "As much as I can keep a secret, I don’t like to keep secrets. I think when you work with somebody as closely as we work they might as well consider themselves my wedding planners!"
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