If there’s anything I love more than a famous person announcing their engagement to another famous person, it’s a famous person who shares a name with another famous person announcing their engagement to a famous person who shares their name with another famous person. So when Michelle Williams (the famous singer, not the famous actor) announced her engagement to Chad Johnson (the famous pastor, not the famous football player), I was ecstatic. In fact, I still am.
This is the Michelle Williams who joined Destiny’s Child alongside Farrah Franklin after the departures of LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett—not Busy Philipps’s best friend. Williams has confirmed her engagement to Chad Johnson, an internet-famous “pastor and life coach” who does not play professional football or go by the name Chad Ochocinco, and who was not on The Bachelor. They’ve been dating for just over a year.
Per People’s exclusive (and exhaustive) reporting on the engagement, Williams and Johnson met last March at a “spiritual retreat in Arizona run by Johnson,” but did not start “flirting” with each other until the retreat was over, due to a mutual respect for the retreat’s mission of getting “closer to God.”
Once outside God’s peripheral vision, the two began texting and pursuing a romantic relationship—one that didn’t become Instagram-official until pretty late in the game because, says Williams, “I didn’t want to talk about another relationship that possibly wasn’t gonna go anywhere.” (This explains why you might be looking at these photos of Johnson and thinking, “Who?”) He proposed to her last month at a hotel in Pebble Beach, California. They plan on getting married “very, very soon.”
If you would like to know more about this relationship—which, again, is between Michelle Williams (the singer) and Chad Johnson (the pastor)—head over to People, because they have all the exclusive photos of their engagement party and wrote some 1,500 words about the whole shebang.