Late last month, engagement speculation was swirling around Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and Joe LoCicero. The couple was vacationing in Mexico together to celebrate Rodriguez's 34th birthday, and the actress had shared several photos on Instagram in which she was wearing a new piece of jewelry that looked suspiciously like an engagement ring on the ring finger of her left hand. And as it turns out, Rodriguez's new bling was indeed of the engagement variety! The actress herself just confirmed the nuptial news, telling Us Weekly that she is engaged to LoCicero.
“I have a very, very special man in my life. I am engaged. You’re the first people that I’ve told,” Rodriguez dished to the tabloid.
Now that the news is out, Rodriguez is showing off her new rock. She posted a birthday shoutout to her fiancé yesterday with the caption, "Happy Birthday to my king." Though her face isn't showing, the gorgeous diamond certainly steals the show (sorry Joe).
"34. 'They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.' - Frida," Rodriguez captioned the social media photo that started all the engagement rumors. In the pic, taken in Tulum, Mexico, she closes her eyes, mid-laugh, and holds her face in her hands, with what looks like a huge round diamond fully visible on her left hand. The ring can also be seen in more photos she posted on her Instagram Story that week, one of which showed her resting her blinged-out hand on a shirtless LoCicero's chest, and in a series of pics that LoCicero posted on his own Insta feed, captioned, "Happy Birthday my Love!"
Fans immediately began flooding the comments section of both of their posts with congratulations, although Rodriguez waited until now to comment on the news herself. “It’s wonderful blessings like that, that make me realize that if I have an opportunity to help someone else, I want to,” explained the bride-to-be, who is currently working alongside Always and Feeding America to make feminine hygiene products more accessible to women in need.
The charity is such an important project to the star, that it's "the reason why I’m working days after my engagement," she says.
“I am marrying a feminist," added Rodriguez. "I am marrying a man that is incredible and loving and understanding and kind and patient. I’m marrying a really incredible human being."