Congratulations are in order for WWE Superstar Sonya Deville, who has announced her engagement.
Deville (real name: Daria Berenato) proposed to girlfriend Toni Cassano the day after Valentine’s Day when they visited a wine cellar cave in Towaco, New Jersey.
However, there was one big twist: After Toni said yes, she grabbed her purse to reveal an engagement ring of her own.
Talking to you People, Deville explained: “I proposed, and then Toni said, ‘Grab my wallet.’ And she pulls out a freaking ring box, and she’s like, ‘I’ve been carrying this in my purse for four months. So whenever you proposed to me, I could give you a ring right back.”
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Cassano described the night as “the biggest blur ever”, adding: “All I remember is both of us shaking so badly.”
Deville revealed that she met Cassano last April after a WWE show.
“This is going to sound very spontaneous, but I knew it [she was the one] the second I saw her,” said Deville.
“I got her a front row ticket to my show and I was going to take her out to dinner afterwards. But I didn’t have time to meet her before the show, so the first time I saw Toni was I was coming out making my entrance ready to fight and I looked into the crowd.”
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Reflecting on her WWE journey so far, Deville added: “It’s really cool for me to be in this position right now, to be engaged as a gay man in WWE and to have proposed to my fiancée.
Because I look back seven years ago, eight years ago, when I wasn’t even open yet, and I was hiding relationships, and I was still trying to figure out my comfort with being gay and who I was.
“Well, I think it’s crazy to see how my life and my journey has evolved and the fans that have been able to come on this journey with me. I think now it’s so cool to be like, ‘I never thought I would do this. be here but look guys i’m here and you can do it too. And it’s okay to be who you are. It’s okay to love who you love, and it’s so special and so important to accept yourself.'”
Back in 2020, Deville spoke Digital spy about the experience of being on the WWE reality series Pretty tough.
“I was asked on the spot on live TV – was I in a relationship?” Deville explained. “And so I ended up on national television out of the blue.”
He continued: “I remember my first thought was, ‘Is this going to cost me this audition, this trial? I’m not going to the show because of this?”
“I didn’t know any better. There were no LGBTQ+ representatives in the company at the time, so I didn’t know if it was okay. I didn’t know if it would hinder my chances.
“I was naive and didn’t realize it’s more than okay. There was just no one in the company who had talked about it yet.”
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