Gina Rodriguez Confirms Her Engagement to Joe LoCicero
Congratulations are officially in order for Gina Rodriguez! The Jane the Virgin star confirmed that she’s engaged to actor and model Joe LoCicero after initially sparking speculation with a photo of a stunning diamond ring on her left hand.
“I have a very, very special man in my life. I am engaged. You’re the first people that I’ve told,” the 34-year-old actress revealed to Us Weekly on Tuesday, August 7. But she’s not just thinking about herself and her new fiancé during this time. “It’s wonderful blessings like that that make me realize that if I have an opportunity to help someone else, I want to.”
That’s why Rodriguez is working with Always and Feeding America to donate feminine products to underprivileged individuals. “One in every five American girls are suffering from the lack of access to period products and will miss school or leave school because they do not have period products,” she tells Brit + Co. “That is a problem we must change.”
Rodriguez is passionate about addressing period poverty, and she has the full support of her fiancé in doing so. “I am marrying a feminist,” she told Us Weekly. “I am marrying a man that is incredible and loving and understanding and kind and patient. I’m marrying a really incredible human being. That what it is. I met a human that, like, knows he’s a human.”
Rodriguez, who told People she’s been engaged for a month, previously gushed about LoCicero to Self in February. “[He] has really helped me have a healthier perspective on [weight], that stupid number that can destroy us and feel like it’s equivalent to our self-worth,” she said at the time, adding that their “love is so easy,” and their relationship is full of “respect and kindness, and generosity, and compromise, and sacrifice.”
Congratulations, Gina and Joe!
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