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Sean Hayes's appearance on The Talk yesterday certainly gave us something to talk about! The star of Sean Saves the World, who is best known for his hilarious role as Jack on Will & Grace, sat down for an interview and accidentally flashed a gold band on his left ring finger.
But he's not married — yet! According to People, Hayes's representative confirmed the actor's engagement to longtime boyfriend Scott Icenogle. "Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time," the rep said.
So how long is "quite some time?" The Daily Mail reports that Hayes was spotted wearing the same gilded band last week during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and People reports that he was photographed wearing the ring at a charity event last month. But when we took a look back at old pictures of Hayes, we found a photo of the star donning the piece of jewelry all the way back in August of 2011!
It comes as little surprise that Hayes and Icenogle, who is a composer and music producer, wanted to keep their happy news fairly quiet. Hayes is known for being particularly private, explaining to The Advocate in 2010 that separating his work and personal life is very important to him.
"When I play a gay character I want to be as believable as possible. And when I'm playing a straight character I also want to be as believable as possible. So the less that people know about my personal life, the more believable I can be as a character," Hayes said.
Congratulations to the happy couple!