Tan France has been a member of the "Fab Five" since 2018 when his hit show Queer Eye premiered on Netflix. But the fashion guru has also been a part of an important twosome since he wed his longtime love Rob France in 2007. And now they've added a third to the mix.
The two recently welcomed a baby boy in July 2021 via surrogate. "Give our son a warm welcome," Tan wrote on Instagram alongside the sweetest photos of the couple and the newest addition to their family: "Ismail France, born July 10th. He came 7 weeks early, so he’s been in the NICU for the past 3 weeks. But, today, we finally got to bring him home. We love him so, so much. Like, fully obsessed."
So as these new dads embark upon their newest adventure (parenthood), we're rounding up all the things you need to know about our style icon's partner, Rob France below.
He's an Illustrator
Tan isn't the only one with a keen eye for design in this partnership. Rob is a super talented, self-taught (!) freelance illustrator. According to his website, he specializes in "illustrations and the occasional abstract portrait."
During an interview with Salt Lake City Weekly, he opened up about the inspiration from his childhood that drove him to be an artist. "The county library had an old fantasy series about mermaids, unicorns, and other mystical things. The volumes had a lot of classic artwork in them, like John William Waterhouse. I checked them out at least once a month so that I could pour over 'The Lady of Shalott,' 'A Mermaid,' and 'Echo and Narcissus.'"
"I pour my heart and soul into each piece, infusing emotion into each piece...which is the main reason I don't produce prints or replicas," he said in a statement appearing on his site. "Each piece is sold as a unique, exclusive original."
His Instagram page shows off his expansive body of work, which includes a really cool abstract Tan portrait.
They Met on a Dating App
Rob and Tan met on the internet long before there was Tinder or Hinge. The two connected in the early 2000s with the help of a dating site, and they discovered that they had quite a lot in common. “It made it easier to date somebody who had similarities to me," Tan said in a New York Post interview. "I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke.”
After dating for a bit the two eventually decided to tie the knot, sans any sort of proposal. He explained their lack of engagement to his co-stars during a 2018 Queer Eye episode. “It was just a case of, ‘You know we’re going to get married one day, right?’ We had just agreed that it was going to happen… and we arranged the date!”
He's Also a Registered Nurse
Rob is multi-talented! Before he started illustrating full-time, the artist was a pediatric nurse. In 2015, he told City Weekly “I’m currently a full-time pediatric nurse, which I absolutely love, and I do artwork on the side."
He Loves Fashion
It's no secret that Tan has an impeccable sense of style. After all, fashion is his specialty in the "Fab Five"—he leads the clothing metamorphosis for the makeover subject of each episode. And it turns out, he and his husband have that skill set in common. "I’m passionate about women’s fashion, oddly, and horror/sci-fi films," he told City Weekly.
And it's not hard to tell from their public appearances and Instagram posts. Clearly, this couple is seriously fashion-forward.
He's Hails From Wyoming
While the two met and live in Salt Lake City, Utah (when they're not in Los Angeles or New York for work), Rob actually grew up in Wyoming. But he's thankful to his British husband for expanding his horizons. "I married a European, which is the best thing that ever happened to me, and although the world still intimidates the small-town kid in me, I try to get out and travel often," he told City Weekly.
He Grew Up Mormon
Growing up in Wyoming, Rob was raised Mormon, and although they have different religions, their viewpoints on the matter are actually very similar. “We practice some of our religions’ practices. We don’t practice them all. We practice what works for us," Tan previously told The New York Post.
Tan is Muslim and was born to Pakistani parents in England. The star has faced obstacles on and off the show, and he previously opened up about representing his community on a global stage.
“I’d never seen an Indian and a Pakistani [together] on TV before,” Tan told The New York Post about an episode that followed American Indian Neal's makeover. “I’d never seen an Indian and a Pakistani [together] on TV before,” France said. “There was a major war in the ’50s, [and] our countries separated. Movies [featuring Indian and Pakistani characters in love] are banned in the Middle East. So to have [Neal and me talking] openly on a global show is incredible.”