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Sophia Bush Is Engaged to Grant Hughes! A Peek Into Their 1-Year Romance

Last night, the One Tree Hill actor, Sophia Bush announced her engagement to her boyfriend Grant Hughes on social media. As congratulatory messages float in from fans and friends alike, here are snippets, since that’s all anyone has got, from Bush and Hughes’ much private relationship.

First things first, who is Grant Hughes?

Hughes is a tech and digital entrepreneur and founder of FocusMotion Health, a company that creates data-driven orthopedic solutions. More importantly, he is now Bush’s fiancé. Their journey however started as friends, as Hughes revealed in an Instagram post from January. 

“She was in my life for eight years and the pandemic forced us to slow down and stay in one place long enough to realize what I’d been looking for all along was closer than I could have known,” Hughes wrote in the caption of a reflective post accompanied with pictures of the past year that he wanted “the internet to remember.”

First Appearance

While the couple made their relationship social media official in 2021, their first appearance was back in May 2020 when they stepped out together for a leisurely Sunday stroll in Malibu. Dressed casually and adorning their face masks, the couple was caught holding hands and embracing each other on an afternoon walk. 

Their first date, however, according to Hughes’ Instagram, was a Covid test that they went for together. Well, that is dating in the pandemic for you!

The couple easily limited their outdoor appearances during the pandemic but came together in public for a few events including the Black Lives Matter protest last year. Throughout their romantic relationship, Bush kept her private life far away from social media. The last time Bush dated someone that the public knew about was in 2014 when she was dating her Chicago P.D. co-star, Jessie Lee Sofer. 

In an interview with ET in June, the False Positive actor admitted that it was hard having all her past relationships being a part of public knowledge.

 “It’s hard to have nothing that’s yours. And when you are a person who lives in the public eye, everybody wants to pick over everything and that can be really tricky,” Bush said. 

She said that she wanted to shift the focus from her private life to her acting and activism. 

The Proposal

In an effort to keep her public and personal life separate, Bush refrained from putting any pictures of her with Hughes on social media for the longest time. But she began posting pictures of them on her Instagram account while vacationing in Italy this month. 

And finally, a few posts into their Italian vacation, Hughes popped the question in Lake Como, Italy.

“So it turns out that being your favorite person’s favorite person is the actual best feeling on planet earth,” Bush captioned the proposal picture and added a “#YES.”

She also thanked those who helped Hughes plan the “most incredible, moving surprise” of her life. She ended the post with, “My heart. It bursts.”

In his post, Hughes said he was “excited to do life” with his “forever favorite.”

Ever since the couple has been accepting wishes from people and has also been enjoying their vacation. Giving her fans, the opportunity to gush on the new couple, Bush has posted several pictures and the latest one of her is captioned, “ Turns out this whole “being engaged” thing is really really fun.”

Responding to all the messages that they have been receiving, Bush also took to Twitter thanking everyone for their love, leaving her fans with another picture of the happy couple.

Well, as there is no news about their wedding or when it’s going to happen, all Bush fans have for now are the beautiful pictures and posts of the couple’s engagement.

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