Kesha helped make a couple’s dreams come true during an emotional onstage surprise engagement.
During her One Magical Weekend festival performance at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, part of Disney’s Gay Days celebration, Joseph Negrelli proposed to his boyfriend Naveed in front of a packed audience. As the couple were engaged onstage, the singer couldn’t help but be emotional. “My heart melted and I cried,” she confessed on Instagram underneath a photo of her looking on at the happy couple.
“We had booked our tickets to go to the One Magical weekend stuff, and then they announced that Kesha was performing,” Joseph Negrilli explains to Billboard. “I had been wanting to propose for a while, just was not sure how to do it, so I just decided to message her on Instagram and never thinking in a million years she’d ever get back to me, and then she did! She put me in touch with her manager, and tried to hammer out the details from there.”
“[My family and friends] helped keep Naveed distracted — he had no idea,” Negrelli confesses. “Every once in a while I had to go meet with some of the producers at Disney who were putting on the show, and I had to disappear, so they had to make up some excuses of where I was.”
Negrelli told Naveed they had entered and won a contest to meet Kesha; the two went on stage blindfolded, but Negrelli quickly shed his blindfold to get on one knee and propose to his boyfriend.
“Everything was so surreal. They call it One Magical Weekend — there was nothing else that could have described what happened. It was just absolutely magical.”
Kesha was given the Visibility Award at this year’s Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner for her work against the bullying and harassment of LGBT individuals. “My message today is don’t be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience,” she said during her acceptance speech. “Don’t let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique.”
overcome and overwhelmed with emotion on stage last night. I’m honored that @jnegrelli57 & @m_abu24 shared such a monumental moment with me, and let me help orchestrate their surprise engagement–??–. love is the magic in life, and really there is nothing more important. he said yes. 😉 he actually said “a million times, yes”. then my heart melted and I cried. haha. congratulations????????