Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Co-stars Just Let the Cat Out of the Bag—She’s Engaged!

Issa Rae is a single lady no more.

The 34-year-old Insecure star and creator is officially engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Louis Diame, and you’ll never guess who confirmed the news. Rae’s co-stars Jay Ellis, who plays her on-screen ex-boyfriend Lawrence, and Yvonne Orji, who plays her best friend Molly, spilled the engagement beans during an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards this past Saturday.

“We’re very excited for her,” Orji shared.

Ellis went on to explain, “We all found out in different ways because we’re all on different text chains. We talk at different times, so we all found out at different times in different ways.”

So how did they take Rae’s exciting news? As Orji put it, “The reaction was all the same, like, ‘You out here in these streets getting married, boo!?’ That was the reaction.”

Speculation of Rae’s engagement to her boyfriend of about six years began when she appeared on the cover of Essence’s beauty issue wearing what seems to be an engagement ring.

Although Rae has yet to confirm her and Diame’s engagement, she reflected about her life and career on Instagram, writing, “Four years ago, when all I had was a web series and a book, @Essence put me on my first cover with four incredible women I look up to: Ava, Mara, Shonda and Ms. Debbie. It was their ‘Game Changers’ issue.”

She went on to remember thinking, “‘I can’t believe they chose me.’ That cover meant so much to me because it validated my work on a platform I respected AND it was a nurturing recognition of promise, a promise that I didn’t necessarily see in myself at the time.”

Rae expressed her wonder and gratitude at now being in the fourth season of her TV show and shooting her fourth movie. She concluded, “Thank you, Essence, for helping me to deliver on that promise you saw years ago and changing the game for me.”

Hey, engagements definitely make you reflect on your past. Now, we wait for a close-up of the ring.


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