Leave it to Pulitzer Prize-winner to devise the world’s most charmingly erudite way to propose to his boyfriend.
As Ronan Farrow writes in the recently released Catch and Kill, he proposed to partner Jon Lovett during revisions on the book, which further details Farrow’s acclaimed investigations into alleged abusers like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. Lovett, a co-host of Pod Save America, contributed reporting to Catch and Kill, and in a draft, Farrow wrote, “Marriage? On the moon or even here on Earth?” in the margins.
According to Page Six, the note was a reference to a running joke between the couple about getting hitched in space. Lovett was all in — but in the studious, academic way that is the stuff Merchant-Ivory movies are made of.
“He read the draft,” Farrow writes, “and found the proposal here and said, ‘Sure.’”
The 31-year-old, who came out as “part of the LGBT community” in 2018, claimed that Lovett’s support meant a great deal to him after what was a “long year” both personally and professionally.
“You can imagine at a time when I’m losing my job, when I am getting lawsuit threats... and when I'm increasingly suspicious about a conspiracy to surveil me,” he said in a Monday interview with Pod Save America, “what a ball of stress I was and what a pain in the [butt] I was to be in a relationship with.”
In Catch and Kill, Farrow claims NBC News executives repeatedly obstructed investigations into dozens of claims that Weinstein — then a powerful mogul in Hollywood — sexually assaulted more than 100 women over a period of three decades. At one point, he says the bureau’s president, Noah Oppenheim, questioned whether “a movie producer grabbing a lady” was sufficiently newsworthy.
NBC News eventually dropped the story, but Farrow credited Lovett with encouraging him to keep going. “This is a huge story,” he remembered his partner telling him, “and it is hugely important for social justice.”
“If I hadn't had him and the brave sources who were taking such huge risks in my ear saying, 'Hey, this matters, this matters, we matter,' ... things might've been very different, and those stories might not have broken,” Farrow recalled of the days leading up to the bombshell series of exposés eventually published in the New Yorker.
NBC News has already hit back at that characterization of events, with Chairman Andy Lack saying in an internal memo to staff that Farrow's reporting in the New Yorker bore “little resemblance” to the story quashed by his publication.
“He uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally untrue picture,” Lack said.
Farrow also alleges in Catch and Kill that NBC knew about the multiple complaints against Lauer — including a new allegation from former employee Brooke Nevils — and attempted to cover them up prior to his Today Show firing in 2017. Lack also denied those claims.
Catch and Kill hit stores Tuesday and is already a best-seller on Amazon. If you want to give the happy couple an early wedding present, you can read more about their love story by picking up a copy.
P.S. Where's our moon wedding invite?