Demi Lovato Was Pretty Much The Mastermind Behind This Gay Couple's Onstage Engagement

"I'm still in tears."

Love was in the air at the Los Angeles stop of Demi Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me world tour last Friday night. The "Daddy Issues" singer helped two guys get engaged during the show and dedicated a song to the lovely couple just to make the moment even more special.


It all started when Lovato asked her dancers to choose someone from the audience to join her. They chose Rayvon Owen (who you might recognize from American Idol), who was then surprised when his boyfriend, LGBTQ activist and filmmaker Shane Bitney Crone, appeared from one of the stage's trap doors on one knee.

"I thought that I could never love again, and then I immediately fell in love with everything about you," Bitney said to Owen on stage. "You inspire me every day with your passion, your patience, your talents, and your generous heart. For too long, we lived in fear and shame, trying to hide who we are. So, I'm going to take this moment — in front of our friends, in front of thosands of people — and I want to proudly say that I love you and I want to marry you and love you for the rest of my life." 

Then, he got on one knee and popped the question.

Owen said "yes."

As the couple left the stage, Lovato marked the occasion by explaining to the audience that she knows the couple and then proceeded to perform the most appropriate song she has, "Yes," while photos of Owen and Crone showed behind her.

"I'm still in tears. Last night was hands down the happiest night of my life," Owen tweeted. "I am beyond excited and honored to spend the rest of my life with you, @ShaneBitney. Thank you @ddlovato for giving us this extremely special moment."

Crone, who is best known for the 2013 documentary Bridegroom (which focuses on the sudden death of his late partner, Tom Bridegroom, and the struggles he faced as a gay man after the fact) wrote on Facebook that listening to Lovato's music helped helped him during a battle with mental illness — an issue Lovato is very outspoken about. Crone also thanked Lovato for always supporting the LGBTQ community while waxing poetically about Owen.

The best part about this whole thing? The couple tells Billboard that Lovato planned it all —from the slideshow to dedicating a song to them.

Cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock


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