Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams is engaged — and her fiancé put a lot of money AND time in to tha ring.
After dating for nearly a year, pastor Chad Johnson popped the question March 21 while on vacation in Pebble Beach, California, dropping to one knee and presenting Williams with a stunning 5-carat rock.
Although Johnson — a pro sports chaplain — and Williams, 37, have only been together for a year, the singer’s beau has been saving up for her engagement ring for more than a decade.
“On my 30th birthday, everybody came and celebrated me. The next day, I woke up alone. I was so lonely. I had a little pity party. My personal life was lacking so much, and I was living so single,” recalls Johnson, who turns 41 in July. “So as a response to that moment, I opened up a ring account, and for 11 years, I put $150 into a ring account.”
“Every month I’d put money into that account; I would just say, ‘My wife’s coming; this is for my wife.’ I did that for 11 years.” Still, he admits it wasn’t always easy: “At six, seven, eight years in, I wanted to pull that money out and spend it on a sports car!”
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But Johnson remained frugal. He met Williams in March 2017 at a spiritual retreat he was leading, they took their relationship public last July, and a few months ago, Johnson went ring shopping.
Congratulations to the happy couple!