Inside RHOA Cynthia Bailey’s Surprise Engagement

29 Jul, 2019

After 14 months of dating, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey is engaged to sports journalist Mike Hill!

Hill proposed to Bailey on Friday with a 5 carat princess cut solitaire ring in Atlanta at the grand opening of her new business, The Bailey WineCeller.

According to PEOPLE, the surprise proposal was a family affair, with Bailey’s daughter Noelle Robinson, 19, and Hill’s two daughters — Kayla, 17, and Ashlee, 19 — all in attendance, alongside a crowd of the couple’s closest friends and Bailey’s RHOA cast mates.

So how did Hill pull it off? Apparently he had a little help from celebrity event planner, Courtney Ajinça.

The two threw Bailey off the track by making it appear that Hill was giving a toast in honor of Bailey’s opening.

According to a source on the scene, during Hill’s speech, Kayla interrupted to hand him a bottle with a big question mark on it — telling him, “No dad, I think you should propose like this.”

Then, he told Noelle that he needed her help to open the bottle and she passed him the ring box, helping him open that before he dropped to one knee and professed his love.

As he did, Noelle, Kayla and Ashlee all gathered behind him with a hand-made puzzle piece sign that real, “Can we be a family?”

It all turned Bailey into a ball of emotions. Though she was confused at first, Bailey broke down in tears when she saw Hill get down on one knee and ask her the big question. She quickly said yes.

The crowd quickly erupted in applause, the source tells PEOPLE, chanting “Congratulations Chill!” — the nickname Bailey and Hill have adapted on social media.

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