Linda Perry, the songwriter and producer behind chart-toppers like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” is a pro at delivering hits. So when she proposed to girlfriend Sara Gilbert, co-host of CBS’s The Talk, a musical flash mob was the only way to go.
Gilbert announced the nuptials on Monday’s show (April 8), explaining that Perry brought her to a park for what she thought would be a quiet picnic. The unsuspecting Gilbert said that when a nearby street performer started playing one of their favorite songs, she thought it was a simple coincidence.
“I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s so weird, this is so magical and amazing,’” Gilbert recounted. “[Perry’s] like ‘Oh, I’m going to go ask him to play this other song.’ But the other song is really obscure and this guy wouldn’t know it. But magically he knows it.”
Perry’s proposal soon went from “magical” afternoon to full-blown Broadway musical as more passersby joined in on the song.
“The people picnicking next to us pull out string instruments from under the blanket, walk over and they start playing ‘Lovesong.'”
Gilbert said The Cure‘s 1989 song had become “their song” after Perry noted that their previous favorite, John Waite’s “Missing You,” is a breakup song. Despite the mixed message, Waite himself made a guest appearance after Perry popped the question by putting on a series of T-shirts spelling out “Will you marry me?”
“This guy walks up with a guitar and [Perry’s] like ‘This is John Waite.’ And he starts playing ‘Missing You’… We had our proposal with our breakup song, which was great.”
Perry’s laundry list of a discography includes songwriting and production credits on hits for Pink (whom Perry mentored), Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys. The musician has also released five solo albums and a full-length with her band 4 Non Blondes, best known for the 1993 hit “What’s Up.”
Gilbert is best known for her role on Roseanne, as bad-attitude daughter Darlene.
The two started dating in 2011, which was also announced on The Talk.
– Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com