CNN Anchor Don Lemon Says Yes to Boyfriend Tim Malone’s Proposal

DiversityInc Chief Operating Officer Carolynn Johnson had a fireside chat with CNN anchor Don Lemon at the 2018 Top 50 Companies for Diversity event last May in New York City. Lemon talked about how being his authentic self transformed his life. 

He explained how important it was to be an “open book” so that his audience would understand his viewpoints. Those included his announcement in 2016 that he was gay, which came at the same time he released his book entitled “Transparent.” 

This past weekend, longtime boyfriend Tim Malone asked Lemon to marry him. The proposal and pictures of the couple have flooded social media. Malone enlisted the help of their two dogs, Boomer and Barkley, to pop the question. 


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He gave me a present on his birthday. How could I say no?

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An endearing image of the couple exchanging an on-air kiss at CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage in 2017 introduced Tim Malone to the public as Lemon’s beau.   

Malone posted the same photo on his Instagram, with the caption “He said YES!” 

Lemon has come a long way since he joined CNN in 2006. He not only hosts his own show, “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” but has followed his own advice regarding “transparency,” disclosing intimate details about his personal life. 

“I grew up thinking that I would never be able to be public with my relationships, let alone ever get legally married,” Lemon professed to CNN after the engagement. 

“So for me this is doubly thrilling and just a wee bit terrifying. Guess I have to start thinking about children. Talk about a late bloomer. “ 

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