Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is engaged to Karl Cook, a professional horse rider.


The pair bonded over their shared love of horses when they began dating in the spring of 2016. She had filed for divorced her tennis player husband Ryan Sweeting in the fall of 2015 after 21 months of marriage, and the proceedings were finalized in May 2016.

Cook asked Cuoco to marry him on her 32nd birthday, and she said yes. Just hours before, Cook teased the actress with a fake ring at target, saying, “On my loves birthday I got her everything she has always wanted….now judging by her face maybe not, it’s the thought that counts right😳😳😳.”

Later, he popped the actual question with a real diamond ring. “I am so so so happy. Thank you @nadis_diamonds for making the greatest ring I could hope for. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you thank you,” Cook captioned a photo of the ring on the Instagram account named after his dog, Tank. He also posted a video of Cuoco’s reaction to the proposal on the account. In it, she is crying and red-faced in happiness. “We’re engaged,” she manages to say between cries. At the end, he points out that Cuoco never even said yes, to which she yells, “Yes, I say yes, I say yes!”

In 2016, in an interview with Cosmopolitan, she admitted that her divorce “changes the way I look at marriage, and that makes me sad.” But, she added, it “does not change the way I look at love.”

Later, when discussing her relationship with the equestrian with People, she expressed pleasure that they both shared interests in horses and in dogs. “When you share something so special, some sort of connection — for us, it’s horses, but anything two people share — you have that common goal and you know that you want the same things in life, day to day, and in the future,” she explained. “It just sets you on a better path. Having a lot in common is really important and we definitely have a lot in common. I think that that’s what makes us so strong and really happy.”

Finally 😌🦄🐴

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Cuoco and Cook and both dog lovers, and each will bring their own pup to the marriage. Cuoco’s Instagram account is also named for her dog, Norman, who’s last name on the account is Cook. Cuoco, in fact, means cook or chef in French, so their names are a perfect match as well.

“Still crying 💍 every part of this night has been perfection just like you @mrtankcook I love you forever!” Cuoco captioned the same video of her reaction to the proposal.

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