It's an Empire Engagement! Trai Byers Proposed to Costar Grace Gealey

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Empire Co-Stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Engaged

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Congratulations to Empire costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey! The actress may play Byers' step-mother-to-be Anika Calhoun on the hit FOX series, but in real life these two lovebirds just got engaged.

According to Us Weekly, Byers, who plays the role of Andre Lyon in the show, made the proposal a super-special event when he asked her to marry him on her 31st birthday on Sunday, July 26. "He surprised her on her birthday," a source told Us. "He popped the question and she was totally surprised and elated. She can't stop looking at the ring! They celebrated all night."

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The couple celebrated their engagement and Gealey's birthday with fellow costars, both taking to Instagram to show off their love-filled evening. "Had so much fun celebrating @gracegealey's life!! Happy Birthday to an exquisite human being! Thank you @kinmontchicago for hosting us. Amazing spot, wonderful food, UNFORGETTABLE night," Byers captioned the below photo collage on July 27.

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Rumors of the co-stars as being romantically linked had been circulating for months, with Us Weekly reporting in March that the duo began dating since first meeting on the Empire set. "They started seeing each other during the shooting of the show. There was an instant attraction, people working on the show are aware about it," an insider said. Another source dished: "Trai and Grace are super serious," adding "they started dating in the middle of the season and are completely in love."

It certainly seems that way!

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