A romance has been unfolding in front of America's eyes for the last year and a half, and although MSNBC viewers had their suspicions that "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were more than just colleagues, we finally know the truth: They're head over heels for each other and are getting married.
Vanity Fair broke the news Thursday that the MSNBC personalities known for their playful banter and on-air flirtations are engaged.
“We want to spend the rest of our lives together and that's more important than what management will think and critics will think or anybody else,” Scarborough said.
Both were previously married, but according to the couple, each ended their respective relationships before they began dating. Scarborough split from his second wife in 2013, while Brzezinski called it quits with her former husband of 23 years in 2015.
"Everyone talks about how there was always something there,” Brzezinski said. "Over the past year and a half, I realized I had to face these feelings and that it was time to stop putting them in a box. It was not an easy process and it was not an easy set of decisions for either of us. It was something I couldn't deny anymore."
The engagement went down during a trip to the Hotel du Cap in Antibes -- a resort town in France -- where they traveled to for Brzezinski's 50th birthday, but on the last night of their trip, Scarborough pulled a diamond surprise out of his pocket while they were overlooking the Mediterranean.
“When I saw him on one knee, I started laughing nervously, almost hysterically,” she said. “And then he asked, and I said, 'Absolutely.'”
The couple didn't appear to want to address their personal lives on the air Thursday morning, but panelist Harold Ford Jr. tried.
"First of all can I say something?" he said. "Congratulations. Congratulations."
Willie Geist joked that Ford must have been referring to the ratings: "Numbers have been up lately. Show's going well."
“Oh thank you, good good, yeah," Brzezinski replied.
Steve Rattner, an economist appearing on the show, was holding a newspaper in his hand and didn't seem to understand the subtext of the conversation unfolding. “But I'm reading here, there's other things to say congratulations about,” he said.
Scarborough laughed and changed the subject back to the non-personal news they were discussing.
In the Vanity Fair article, Scarbarough explained their decision to go public with the interview.
“We know that our kids have a lot of options about what they read about us. We wanted to do one interview on the record," he said. "To answer the question is just as important for them as it is for us, to say it once that we're together and we want to be together forever.”