Lea Michele is engaged! The Glee alum shared her joyful news on Instgram with a photo of her new four-carat diamond ring. That’s quite a sparkly rock! Michele has been dating her now-fiance Zandy Reich, president of clothing company AYR (All Year Round), since this past summer.
While walking the Emmy red carpet in Septembe, Lea revealed that not only did her family and friends like Reich, but Glee creator Ryan Murphy endorsed the relationship as well. In fact, she joked that Murphy’s opinion of Reich meant more than the opinion of others in her life.
“When my boyfriend got the seal of approval from Ryan Murphy, that was it,” She said at the time. “Yeah my parents, yeah friends, whatever. But Ryan Murphy, it’s a done deal — it sealed the deal.”
Who is Zandy Reich?
Lea Michele’s new beau has a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Pennsylvania and also attended the university’s Wharton School of Business. He’s worked for years in the finance and fashion industries, which sets him apart from Lea Michele’s former beaus, who were mostly actors.
In November 2017, Michele revealed to People that Reich helps her “tune out the noise” and “center herself” when she’s not working.
Zandy Reich (“Reich” is pronounced “Rick,” btw) has previously worked at Goldman Sacks, investment banking company Renaissance Capital, and an apparel company called Theory. Lea Michele was already a fan of AYR, the clothing company he currently heads, and the pair were friends for a while before they started dating. News of their relationship broke in July of 2017.
Reich put some of his fashion knowledge to work for his engagement: he personally designed Michele’s four-carat elongated, radiant-cut ring with the help of Leor Yerushalmi and The Jewelers of Las Vegas.
Last year, Lea Michele released her second studio album Places, and she’ll soon be kicking off her nine-city tour with Glee co-star Darren Criss (called the LMDC Tour) May 30.