Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy announced on The View Wednesday that Donnie Wahlberg popped the big question (and presented her with a big rock) and she happily said yes.
“I just got engaged!” the star said on the show as she unveiled her hidden hand from behind the desk and then proceeded to jump around the set. “It’s a yellow sapphire,” she explained about the rock.
Crying as she told about the proposal, McCarthy said her son Evan helped with the surprise last weekend, and how Wahlberg – who ended up coming onto the TV set Wednesday and kissing McCarthy – had gotten down on one knee.
“We don’t know yet,” she said when asked about the wedding date. Barbara Walters said if they tie the knot in September next year – McCarthy said that August was one consideration – the wedding could be held in her apartment.
The couple raised eyebrows when they first started dating last summer. But McCarthy, 41, and Wahlberg, 44, instantly found a connection.
One trait they share is “our work ethic” McCarthy told PEOPLE last fall. “He understands my work schedule and he has his and I get it. And we’re both single parents and he’s trying to juggle all of that while I am too,” she says.
Now they will add wedding planning to their breakneck schedules. While McCarthy is taping her daytime talk show in New York City, the Blue Bloods actor recently finished filming season 4 of the series and will be busily preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block in Las Vegas in July.
This will be the second marriage for both. Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008.
McCarthy’s son Evan is from her marriage to director John Asher, whom she divorced in 2005.