How Beccy Cole proposed to Libby O’Donovan


Beccy Cole and Libby O'Donovan WEB

Country music singer Beccy Cole proposed to her partner earlier this year. The pair intend marrying the moment the law allows same-sex marriage.

Beccy and her partner, cabaret singer Libby O’Donovan, told ABC’s Australian Story how Beccy popped the question at O’Donovan’s 40th birthday party.

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“There obviously have been some baby steps in this country towards equality. If they let us, do you want to?”

A gob-smacked O’Donovan broke down in tears before replying, “Yes.”

In the Australian Story episode to air next week titled, When Beccy Met Libby, the singer describes how she met Libby at a gay pride event in Adelaide, just months after she came out as gay on Australian Story in 2012.

“I don’t know whether you call it ‘love at first sight’ or what it is, but I knew I was safe, I knew I was home, I knew this was it and I haven’t doubted it for a second ever since.”

With their two children from earlier relationships, the couple set up a blended home in Adelaide. Beccy describes the family as “sort of like a big gay Brady Bunch.”

The couple told the ABC they will certainly add their voices to the campaign for marriage equality. Beccy said there is a time to stand up for what is right.

“I’ve never wanted to be political or a flag-waver, but when it’s something that you really believe in, and something that affects you directly and you can see it affecting people within your community, then I think there is a time to stand up and say, ‘come on, let’s get this right.”

Once marriage equality becomes law, the couple hopes Libby’s parents, both Anglican Ministers, can perform the ceremony.

Libby’s father, Rev. Bart O’Donovan, told the ABC, he and his wife would love to participate in the wedding.

“Libby has been brought up as a Christian. I’m pleased that she wants God to be involved in her marriage. I would love to be able to do that.”

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