LeeAnne Locken was excited to introduce her boyfriend Rich Emberlin to viewers on the Real Housewives of Dallas, but how did she actually meet her man?
The couple got to know each other online when Rich, who works for the Dallas Police Department, sent LeeAnne a friend request on Facebook after noticing her from afar at The Ritz one night, she told The Daily Dish.
“His profile pic, he really had major salt, less pepper [hair],” LeeAnne described. “And so I was like, ‘I don’t want to date another old man,’ because I had just finished dating an old man who was really boring and no fun. And I really wanted somebody that wanted to live life, somebody that wanted to laugh and giggle and get up and do stuff.”
But meeting him in person changed everything. “I opened the door, and that was it. I mean, history,” she said.
“He just makes me laugh. He’s so funny. He’s so charming. And he made me laugh,” LeeAnne described their first date. “And I was laughing so hard, you know the two little voices in me? One was like, ‘He’s so funny. I love him.’ And the other voice was like, ‘What did you just say? Excuse me, you push the wine away. You’re drinking water. Drink water for the rest of dinner.'”
“That night, I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said, ‘Don’t share,'” LeeAnne said as she and Rich discussed how they would be moving forward in a monogamous relationship. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna need to be literal. What’s the list? What are we talking about? Don’t hold hands with people, don’t go on dates with other people, don’t have sex with other people? What are we looking at?’ He was like, ‘All of it. I finally found you. All of it.’ And I was like, ‘Oooooh, OK, I’m yours.’ And I was in love, and that was it. We’ve never been apart since.”
They have been together eight years now, and LeeAnne doesn’t ever see them being apart. “I’ve never had this much honesty and respect and love from a man in my life, not even my biological donor,” she said, referring to her biological father. “I just feel safe with him. Like, that’s a hard thing for me. I don’t feel safe with a lot of people, and so I feel safe with him, which I can’t even begin to tell you what a comfort it is to be able to relax, like, to let your guard down.”
But does she think they will get married? “Yes, 100 percent,” she said. “I have zero doubt that I will marry Rich.”
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