Bella Thorne and Benjamin Mascolo are engaged to be married. The couple announced their happy news on social media over the weekend. On March 21, Thorne posted a series of Instagram stories that ended in a closeup photo of her engagement ring, while Mascolo shared a mini gallery of pictures with the caption "She said YES." Continue reading to learn more!
Who is Benjamin Mascolo? Although many people know -- he does have 1.7 million Instagram followers, after all -- those who aren't already familiar with the Italian singer might be wondering, so we compiled some fast facts about him.
His Roots Are in Italy
Mascolo is from Modena, Italy. In an interview with Icon, he explained that he tries to spend half the year in Italy and half the year in Los Angeles.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Mascolo and Thorne were unfortunately separated due to quarantine, with Mascolo staying safe with his family in Italy. The couple connected on Instagram Live with each other (among fans) and adorably expressed how much they missed each other.
He's a Musician and an Actor
Mascolo is one-half of the pop duo Benji & Fede (with Federico Rossi), and also now performs as a solo artist under the name B3N. In February, he released an EP titled California.
In 2020, the Italian pop star embarked on his next adventure: acting. Mascolo shot his first movie, Time Is Up, "side by side with my partner in crime," he wrote on Instagram. The pair were on location in Rome shooting the film in the fall.
He Met Bella at Coachella
The two lovebirds first found each other in California, at the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Mascolo said, according to an English translation of an Icon interview that was published in Italian,
"I immediately knew she was different from all the other women I met in my life."
He credits Thorne for helping him gain confidence in his career and in his life.
"The nicest thing Bella did for me was making me believe in myself ..."
His Favorite Artist Ever Is Ed Sheeran
Mascolo lucked out when he was given the opportunity to sit down and interview his favorite musician, Ed Sheeran.
"Italian people love you," the Sheeran enthusiast gushed before asking questions about his songwriting and career. "It's such an honor for me to represent them."
Mascolo had Sheeran autograph his arm, saying that he intended to get a tattoo of his signature, and ended the meeting with a big hug.
He's Got a Lot of Tattoos (And Bella Approves)
Speaking of ink, Mascolo is fairly heavily tattooed.
Thorne has some favorites.
"They're all pretty hot,"
she said in a clip of the two behind-the-scenes at a magazine photo shoot.
What do you think about the couple? Aren't they lovely?