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What a happy weekend for Glee star Lauren Potter — she's going to marry her childhood friend! The actress' boyfriend, Timothy Spear, gave her a promise ring during a picnic the two of them enjoyed in the park on Saturday.
With the ocean as the backdrop, the 26-year-old TV star picnicked in the park in Laguna with her beau, also 26. Once they finished eating, Spear asked her the question that would change both of their lives. "He picked out the ring, made payments on it, and then planned the picnic and the moment to get down on one knee to ask her to promise to be his one-and-only and marry him when they are ready," Potter's mom shared with People. "Then they watched the sunset together." So romantic and sweet; it looks as if Potter was very surprised.
The two have been dating ever since Potter broke up with her last boyfriend — but have known each other since they were infants — both in the same infant stimulation classes at the Children's Center in Riverside, CA. "We've kept in touch over the years, but it wasn't until the kids were reunited while they were both living in Laguna Beach," her mom shared. "When Lauren ended a relationship, Timothy immediately asked her out and they have been together since."
Both Spear and Potter were born with Down Syndrome, and the actress has been a huge advocate for those with special needs. Since she became cheerleader "Becky Jackson" in 2009, she has committed to many philanthropic and charitable activities — including participating on President Obama's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. "Because ofGlee I have been given a chance to pursue another dream of mine — to make the world a more welcoming place for people who are different — especially for people like me who have always been told 'you can't' instead of 'you can.' I want to live in a world where everyone can live, go to school and go to work without having to be afraid," she wrote in an essay on Huffington Post. Isn't that the truth.
While Glee is her most well-known role, Potter has also been a guest star in various award shows, movies, and TV series — including Leader of the Pack, Guest Room, and Teens Wanna Know. She's a true inspiration to anyone who wants to follow their dreams — that's for sure. "When I was young, my dream was to be an actress. Sure people told me I'd never be able to do it, but I replied, 'Just watch me!' Now they are watching me, but this time on the big screen!"
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Congrats to the happy couple — Sue Sylvester would be so proud! See below for their adorable photos.