When 56-year-old Don Lemon isn't tearing it up on TV as a prime time CNN news anchor, he spends most of his time traveling with his three beloved pups, as well as his fiancé of a little over a year. The journalist became engaged last spring in April 2019, when his beloved boyfriend of almost four years finally popped the question.
Who is Don Lemon's future spouse and fellow dog dad? Although Tim Malone is 18 years younger than Don, it seems as though the two were truly meant for each other.
Tim began his career as a journalist too, but completely pivoted in 2018.
36-year-old Tim Malone originally hails from Water Mill, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 2002, according to Blavity. He went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in history and journalism from Boston College, and after graduating in 2006, he relocated to New York City to kick off his journalism career. He started out as a production assistant on NBC's TODAY, and later moved to NBC Universal's sales team for their USA and SyFy networks.
Between 2013 and 2018, Tim bounced around between various senior positions at Billboard and Jukin Media, before completely changing his career path in 2018, when he decided he wanted to pursue real estate. These days, Tim is working as an agent for Corcoran Group in the Big Apple, where he's totally slaying the premiere real estate game.
Don and Tim's love story is seriously one for the books.
Don and Tim's love story is somewhat unique. According to Heavy, they were introduced at a Long Island restaurant, but at the time, Tim was in a relationship with someone else. After realizing his heart lay somewhere else, though, Don and Tim started dating during the summer of 2016, but didn't go public until April 2017, when they became "Instagram official" on Don's feed.
Three months later, according to O Magazine, Tim Instagrammed a couple photo as well, and shortly after that, they made a public debut at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
The two shared a seriously adorable New Year's kiss to ring in 2018, which was caught by cameras on CNN, and a little more than a year later, after three years of dating, Tim got down on one knee with two customized dog tags that read, "Daddy will you marry Papa?" And really, how could Don have possibly said no?
Don didn't come out until 2011, and beforehand, was rumored to be in a secret marriage.
For many years, Don had kept his sexuality a secret, and was rumored to be secretly married to actress Stephanie Ortiz, according to Amo Mama. He ended up coming out in his first published autobiographical book, Transparent, which ultimately inspired him to advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. He later guest-starred on an episode of Jada Pinkett Smith's web series, Red Table Talk, to discuss what it's like being an openly gay Black man in the U.S.
On the show, Don explained his struggles tackling the intersectionality of race and sex:
"Historically, Black men have stayed in the closet. You have to decide on your identity. ‘Do I want to be Black or do I want to be gay?’ And sometimes some of us say we’re too Black to be gay. Or we’re too gay to be Black,” he explained.
Tim and Don apparently intend to have a long engagement, and haven't yet set a date for their wedding, but we're excited nonetheless. Cheers to the happy couple!