Kristin Chenoweth is an actress, singer, and musical theater star with an impressive list of credentials. The performer won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway and received a Tony Award nomination for playing Glinda in the musical Wicked. Not only did Chenoweth steal the stage, but she also scored several television and film gigs, such as The West Wing, Glee, The Pink Panther, and Descendants. In addition to her thriving career, the star is also lucky in—she and her fiancé Josh Bryant are finally planning to tie the knot this year.
On an episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan, which aired on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the Wicked star gives the latest update on her wedding with the country-rock musician. The Emmy Award-winning actress shares that she and her fiancé are in the process of planning their wedding after postponing it in July of 2022 due to the pandemic and their busy careers. The actress explains that at first, the duo considered eloping, but now, they’re set on hosting an intimate gathering with their friends and family. “We’re working on it, yeah,” she tells hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. “We’ve talked about like ‘Just go off and do it.’ I know that, but my mother is like, ‘If you do that to me…Don’t do that to the family.’ So, we’re going to do a small thing and just have our closest [loved ones].”
On the show, Ripa also pointed out the musical theater star’s engagement ring—a three-stone halo diamond sparkler. In October of 2021, her musician boyfriend used the stunning rock to pop the question on the rooftop of New York City’s Rainbow Room. "My best friend and soulmate said ‘yes’ to me,” Bryant gushed at the time. “Kristin is my world, my everything, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with her!" Chenoweth also expressed her excitement to tie the knot. "Now that I've found him, I won't let him go," she said. "I will race to greet him at the altar."
According to People, the two met in 2016 when Bryant and his band, Backroad Anthem, played at Chenoweth’s niece’s wedding. Two years later, they reconnected again when the Nashville-based artist got a gig at her nephew’s nuptials. The Holidate actress opened up about their meet-cute during an appearance on The Jess Cagle Show on SiriusXM, which proves that timing was everything for the couple. “I noticed him, and he noticed me, but we were dating other people,” she noted. “Then, the next summer, my nephew gets married and hires the same band, and we re-met.”
After sparks flew the second time they locked eyes, the pair started seeing one another romantically in August of 2018. Since the duo quarantined together during the pandemic, their bond grew even stronger. "We managed to stay creative and still have a good time,” Chenoweth told People in 2020. What also helped their relationship thrive during an unpredictable time was maintaining their independence. "He took a couple of walks on his own, as did I, because you just can't be with someone 24/7,” she admitted. “That's the truth, and yet, we managed to make it work somehow."