Tom Hanks Helps Man Propose to His Superfan Girlfriend at Texas Book Festival

Oscar winner helps couple get engaged in Austin

By Meg Swertlow Nov 05, 2017 10:20 PMTags
Tom Hanks, proposal, Texas Book FestivalCourtesy Texas Book Festival

Spoiler alert: She said yes.

The world may be a troubling place right now, but over the weekend, Tom Hanks lent his talents to spreading some joy by helping one very lucky couple get engaged at the Texas Book Festival in Austin.

On Saturday, the two-time Oscar winner was at a talk about his new book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, and at the end of the event, the superstar had a question-and-answer session that ended in his helping a man propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend, Nikki Young.

During the Q&A, Hanks read out a question from a man named Ryan McFarling: "Here's Ryan's question, and it's for Nikki Young..."Nikki, will you marry me?"

Hanks then brought the pair on stage and Ryan proposed to his lady love in front of the 1,000-person audience. Of course, the oh-so-surprised Nikki said yes.

After the big reveal, the newly betrothed couple took photos with the 61-year-old A-lister.

Courtesy Texas Book Festival

After the surprise proposal, Nikki, a self-proclaimed Tom Hanks "superfan," beamed to reporter Molly Oak from KVUE News, "I don't know how he did it and magic happened. Most epic proposal ever."

And that's why everyone loves Tom Hanks!

Check out all the other celebs who have helped couples get engaged...

Taylor Swift

Swift was a "third wheel" as a man proposed to his girlfriend in front of her at her meet and greet backstage at one of her Reputation tour concerts in 2018.

Demi Lovato

The singer helped her friend Shane Bitney Crone propose to his partner Rayvon Owen during one of her concerts in the Los Angeles area in March 2018.

Katy Perry

In October 2017, the singer helped a woman named Katy propose to her partner Becky onstage at her concert in New York City.

Kelly Clarkson

In June 2017, at a meet-and-greet, the singer witnessed fan Alex Malerba drop down one knee right in front of her and propose to his boyfriendJustin Blake. She said, "Oh my God, I'm so happy!" and ran over join a group hug, screaming, "I'm like a part of it!"

Aaron Paul

In 2013, the Breaking Bad alum recorded a video for a fan named Jason Lord to help him put together a proposal video to his girlfriend Jackie Prater.

Harry Styles

In 2014, the singer stopped his band One Direction's concert in Atlanta to allow a man named Bradley Mitchell to propose to his girlfriend, who said yes.

Hunter Hayes

In 2015, the country star helped his bass player, Matt Utterback, propose to his girlfriend during one of their concerts

"I'm so surprised she did not find out beforehand, because there were hundreds of people who had to work hard to keep it a secret," the singer told E! News. "But we worked really hard to make it a big event for him."


In 2017, the singer invited two members of her audience up onstage at her show in Melbourne. She picked a man named Chris and his partner Wade. Onstage, Wade got down on one knee and proposed to Chris, who said yes.

The previous year, two Swedish men got engaged onstage at an Adele concert in Denmark.

"Should I be your surrogate if you have children? I'd love to have a baby with someone Swedish," she reportedly joked.

Also in 2016, a man and a woman, who share a child, got engaged at one of Adele's London concerts. In addition, at a show in Belfast, Adele coaxed a female concertgoer to repeat her recent proposal to her boyfriend, who had initially given a vague answer. She told him, "You have to say a proper yes, bruv!"

Ed Sheeran

In 2015, the singer helped Rixton's Jake Roche propose to Little Mix member Jesy Nelson during his concert at Manchester Arena. The two split after a year and a half.

Justin Timberlake

In 2013, during the singer's concert in Louisville, he arranged to allow a male fan propose onstage to his girlfriend.

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