Jonathan Bennett, known for his role as Aaron Samuels in the iconic comedy Mean Girls, is celebrating his engagement to boyfriend Jaymes Vaughan.
The engagement, which was recorded and shared exclusively with People, came as a total surprise to Bennett, who can be seen breaking down in tears in the video.
Bennett has already been making news this season by starring in The Christmas House, the first Hallmark Christmas movie to star a gay lead.
Vaughan, a TV host for Celebrity Page, took his time in crafting the perfect way to propose to Bennett. “He wrote me a song!” an overjoyed Bennett told People, “we would always hear songs and think, ‘oh that would be our song if just this part or that part were different,’ so as a result we didn’t have a song that was ‘ours.’”
Vaughan was able to use the free time he had while Bennett has been in Canada shooting The Christmas House to put together a song that would be perfect for the pair. He got Bennett to step outside during a shoot and surprised him by holding a sign that said, “We never did find our song, so I wrote it for you.”
That’s when Bennett “began to ugly-cry the ugliest cry anyone has ever cried.” Bennett said that just hearing his partner’s voice was overwhelming. “I’ve always loved his voice, and to hear his voice singing to me was really special. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to have a song written about you that is so specific and that reassures all your insecurities. It was the best song I’ve heard.”
“Every single part of the song was personal to Jonathan,” Vaughan said. “Every lyric, even the structure of the melody was designed with how I knew he’d sing it back to me. He has this really cute way of singing things back to me.”
Vaughan said he’s been dreaming of the moment for a long time, and he initially thought he would be the one to break down under the emotions of the moment, not Bennett. “I just remember seeing him start to cry and every single nerve I had disappeared and I went into protector mode and just held him,” he said.
The couple couldn’t be happier and are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together. “There was a moment when you feel like ‘Oh, this is forever, I understand it,’” Bennett said. “I screamed ‘yes’ immediately, actually it was, ‘Yes! Of course!’”