The new cultural commissioner of New York, Laurie Cumbo, got engaged last night on the red carpet of the Met Gala

Red carpet reporters peppered Met Gala guests with questions as they walked to the party inside the Metropolitan Museum on Monday night. But one guest was asked a question like no other.

Laurie Cumbo, the newly appointed commissioner of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, said “yes” to a surprise engagement proposal from her partner on the steps of the museum. Former assembly candidate Bobby Digi Olisa, Cumbo’s partner of seven years, he took a knee as onlookers cheered. Everything was caught on video.

The commissioner, still stunned, spoke to reporters minutes after the engagement.

“I didn’t know it was going to happen tonight,” he said. entertainment tonight. “We have been talking about it. We have been through a lot and this is a great honor and a great blessing.”

For Cumbo, the night was already loaded with extra meaning. The last time she attended the Met Gala, he explained, was when she was working for the museum as an intern at age 15.

“Now I return, with my now husband, as commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs,” Cumbo said. “It’s a full circle moment.”

“You know, it’s always like trying to wait for the right moment. So when is the right time considering everything that’s going on around the world? So I said, ‘Today we’re going to make it happen,'” Digi Olisa said. The Associated Press.

New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo with her now-fiancé Bobby Digi Olisa as they arrive at the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images.

Digi Olisa isn’t the first person to ask the question at the event. Rapper 2 Chainz proposed to his girlfriend Kesha Ward on the steps of the Met Gala in 2018, and Donald Trump committed to Melania Trump at the 2004 event. The theme of the latter event was “Dangerous Relationships.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams named Cumbo the city’s culture czar in March, a move that proved somewhat controversial among community leaders. Fresh from a seven-year term as a member of the New York City Council, Cumbo came under fire in 2021 for supporting a bill allowing non-citizens to vote. Before his political career, Cumbo directed the Brooklyn-based Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, which he founded in 1999.

Adams also attended the Met Gala on Monday. appearing in a tuxedo emblazoned with the phrase “End Gun Violence,” which was designed by Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Láolú Senbanjo. The mayor previously wore a Senbanjo-designed garment to a 2019 Ralph Lauren fashion show at the Museum of Modern Art.

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