Finally, the day has come. The girl on fire is engaged. But to who?
Well, his name is Cooke Maroney and we know less than ten facts about him.
But considering that The Hunger Games star’s past relationships have received so much unwanted attention, we understand why Jennifer Lawrence would keep this one to herself.
The couple has been together for over 7 months now. Their first dates in June and trips to Paris and Rome in August must have looked like little more than a summer romance. But the couple’s family and friends say the two are in it for the long haul.
Turns out, they’re right. The two have recently been spotted in New York City and Jennifer had a ring on that finger. Apparently, it was so big it would be hard to miss.
Now all we want to know is who this Mr. JLaw is and how the couple came to be.
So far, Jennifer’s had a tough time keeping her two serious past relationships out of the public eye.
First it was actor Nicholas Hoult.
According to Pop Crush, the couple dated for 3 years after they met on the set of X-Men: First Class.
Their relationship had several ups and downs.
They broke up, then got back together, then broke up again.
The final break-up took place in 2014 because of the two actor’s busy careers.
It just so happened that at the time of the break-up Jennifer was also saying goodbye to The Hunger Games franchise.
It was a difficult year for her.
According to Vanity Fair, Jennifer said, “These movies had been my life for so long and they had to come first in everything. I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and that was my life.”
“So my life was this person and these movies and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies.”
“Being 24 was this whole year of ‘Who am I without these movies? Who am I without this man?’”
Then she met director Darren Aronofsky.
According to Digital Spy, Jennifer says she had a crush on Darren from the day he asked her to star in Mother!
“That was like a year before we started rehearsing, but he was a professional, which only made it worse for me.”
“We just kind of formed a friendship. He knew how I felt. He never told me how he felt. I mean, I assumed,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We just formed a friendship and then the friendship turned into a partnership for the movie, once we started working.”
“And then once the movie was done, I was like, ‘All right! You’re my boyfriend.'”
Although the pair broke up a year later, they remained good friends, ET says.
But did you know Jen was dating again? Me neither.
She’s been in a relationship with Cooke Maroney since June 2018, according to InStyle.
And since then, they’ve been appearing in public more and more often.
E! says it was Jennifer’s good friend Laura Simpson who introduced the two way back in 2014.
And before the end of summer 2018 Jennifer and Cooke had been spotted several times.
After the public break-ups with Hoult and Aronofsky, the couple decided to stay out of the public eye for a few months until they get to know each other better, E! reports.
So what happened during these past 7 months?
In June 2018, the couple were spotted in New York City together for the first time, E! says.
In late June, the two were seen kissing during a candlelit dinner at the Italian restaurant Felice 64.
The date lasted for 3 hours and they seemed to be “totally into each other.”
In July, they were once again spotted in New York City.
They had snacks at a downtown cafe for about two hours before meeting their friends at a different restaurant.
In August, they were seen in Paris.
They seemed to be on a vacation rather than work, exploring the city and holding hands.
Soon after Paris, they were spotted in Rome.
Once again, they were walking around the city, still hand-in-hand.
According to E!, they visited several historic sites, including the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri church and Baths of Diocletian.
In October, they were back in New York City, drinking matcha teas and grocery shopping.
So who’s this mysterious Mr. JLaw?
Well, for starters, Cooke is actually mysterious. There’s not much of him online and he’s not that into social media.
However, Elle managed to find some bits of information about him.
Such as the fact that Cooke grew up with a younger sister Annabelle on a farm in Leicester, Vermont.
His parents were tired of living in the city, so they moved up north.
According to Medium, Cooke’s father was a Manhattan art dealer and the Head of American Paintings at Christie’s before moving to the country.
Now Cooke himself is an art gallerist.
He’s currently a director of New York City’s Gladstone art gallery, which attracts a number of A-list clients.
The Cut says he’s even worked with painter Carroll Dunham and sculptor Matthew Barney, Björk’s ex-boyfriend.
Cooke’s got a degree in art history from NYU and afterwards worked for Gagosian gallery.
He loves to party, but does so responsibly.
According to Elle, Cooke often attends parties within the art industry, but he knows his limits.
“He’s definitely fun-loving but I wouldn’t say he’s out of control,” a source close to Cooke told The Cut.
“He likes to have fun, a young good New York guy who likes to participate and have fun. When we would hang out, we would definitely drink, we would have fun.”
He’s not a big fan of social media.
You won’t catch him tweeting or posting on Facebook, Elle says.
But that’s great because Jennifer rarely appears on them too.
He does have a private account on Instagram, though, with nearly 2,000 followers.
This lack of social media presence means only one thing: he’s busy showering Jen with all the love (and fun) she deserves.
We have yet to hear from the two, but tabloid sources are already saying their relationship is special.
“She is smiling like I have never seen her do with any of her previous boyfriends,” one source told People.
US Weekly says they’re very committed.
“Things between them are very serious,” another source told US Weekly. “They definitely appear to be in it for the long haul.”
So now, just a few days ago, Jennifer was spotted wearing a huge ring in New York City.
InStyle says Jennifer’s rep has confirmed the engagement has happened, but hasn’t shared anymore details.
“It was a giant rock. They seemed like they were celebrating and people were talking about it,” a source told People.
“The ring was very noticeable. They were sitting back in a corner. She was wearing a cute black dress with white polka dots.”
The sighting happened in the middle of the polar vortex.
InStyle says they were “cozying up together in the West Village” over the weekend, and later were seen at Raoul’s restaurant.
Considering their quick engagement, we might not have to wait long to see Jennifer in a white dress.
Even though the big date hasn’t even been set, we know one thing for sure: there’s going to be lots of food at Jen’s wedding.