Demi Lovato just helped Rayvon Owen and his boyfriend of over two years, filmmaker and LGBT activist Shane Bitney Crone, get engaged on stage during her tour stop near Los Angeles.
Lovato asked her dancers to select a member of the audience to join her on stage and the dancers chose Owen, a top four finalist in American Idol, and pulled him up on stage. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was going up there to like, dance. I thought we were going to have a little twerk session with her,” Owen told Billboard Pride.
“And then she was like, ‘Who’d you come here with?’ And I was like, ‘I came with my boyfriend Shane,’ and she’s like, ‘Where is he?’ And I was like looking to where we were sitting, thinking that he was still seated over there, and then he popped up in the middle of the stage!”
After rising onto the stage from a trap door, Crone proposed in front of the pop diva and a cheering audience: “I thought I could never love again, and then I completely fell in love with everything about you. You inspire me every day with your passion, your patience, your talents and generous heart,” he said.
Demi Lovato explained she had become friends with Shane Bitney Crone after he was the subject of the 2013 documentary Bridegroom, which documented the unexpected death of his partner Tom Bridegroom.
“I’ve gotten to watch Shane go through so much and come out on the other side — such a strong person who’s now found the love of his life,” Lovato emotionally said before she serenaded the couple with the track “Yes” from her 2015 album Confident.
Owen also revealed to Billboard Pride that Lovato was the mastermind behind the proposal. “The whole slideshow, and her singing the song, that was like her idea,” he explained. “She was so kind to do that, then to even go the extra mile, you know? Not just say, ‘Yeah, you can propose to him on stage,’ but then, ‘Let me sing you a song.'”
He added: “She did the whole thing. It took up almost ten minutes of her concert.”