Jake Owen is officially off the market. The country hitmaker proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Erica Hartlein, on Monday night.
The country hitmaker shared the news with the world via his Instagram stories. In the photo, the newly engaged couple are all smiles as Hartelin shows off her sparkling engagement ring. Owen’s daughter Paris makes an appearance in the picture as well.
Owen let his fans know he proposed the old fashioned way when he posted another Instagram story showing his jeans with one dirt-stained knee. A hint that he got down on one knee to pop the question.
Owen and Hartlein dated for almost three years. According to Owen’s interview on the podcast, All Our Favorite People, Owen says the two met in 2017 when Hartlein was working as an interior designer at Restoration Hardware. Owen says he was “buying a couch or something.” They made their first debut together as a couple at the 2018 ACM Awards.
Jake Owen & Erica Hartelin’s Meet-Cute
Owen warmly recalls working up the nerve to ask Hartelin on a date after seeing her work as an interior designer.
“I was just intrigued by how beautiful she was and how she was holding court in that store that day, telling people what they needed to do. I was like ‘Wow, she’s got a lot going for her. She’s confident,'” Owen recalls. “But I never actually ever said anything to her about it. It was flirtatious until it was a few weeks after that … I was in the store, and I said ‘Hey, you wanna get a beer sometime? I don’t know if that’s professional enough to ask because you’ve only helped me in a professional way. But I figured if I didn’t ask you for beer, I’d never know if you would wanna go get one.’
“She was like, ‘Sure, let’s go,'” he adds. “So, we went to the Red Pony in Franklin.”
Since then, it’s been nothing but a happy ending for the couple. They welcomed their daughter Paris in April of 2019. Erica, Paris, and Owen’s other daughter from his previous marriage, Pearl, star in the music video for Owen’s latest single, “Made For You.”
Congrats to the couple!