Fans are abuzz with the rumor that Little People, Big World star Amy Roloff might be engaged to her boyfriend, Chris Marek. The rumor isn’t totally unfounded, although it might seem like a bit of a stretch at first glance. Fans were quick to notice something sparkling on Roloff’s finger in a recent Instagram post. On September 10th, her granddaughter’s birthday, she wrote, in part,
“Look who had a big birthday today – Happy Birthday Ember Jean.”
According to Good Housekeeping, many people pointed out in the comments that Roloff was wearing something that looked like it could be an engagement ring. But is it? Are the TLC star and Marek engaged and just keeping it a secret from fans for now?
While it’s understandable that fans would get excited at just a glimpse of something sparkling on Roloff’s finger, she was wearing the ring on her right hand, not her left, as you’d expect of an engagement ring.
Roloff has actually been wearing the ring for a while, and this isn’t the first time fans have asked her about it. According to Pop Culture, she addressed the engagement rumors on Instagram in July, responding to a comment by saying,
“No big news. It’s a ring I had remade from a ring I already had. It’s on my right finger.”
While Roloff might not be engaged yet, marrying her beau isn’t off the table. The Little People, Big World star started dating Marek in 2016, after her divorce from Matt Roloff was finalized. Last May, Roloff told Us Weekly that she’s happy with where her relationship with Marek is, but she’d be happy with locking it down. She said,
“I would definitely love to get married one day. But it’s not something that I’m intentionally pursuing.”
She went on to say that she, quote, “takes marriage very seriously” and doesn’t want to rush into anything, adding,
“If I say yes, then that means my whole heart, everything is into it. I do think [marriage] is forever.”
Considering just how seriously Roloff takes commitment, it’s not too surprising that she wants to wait a little bit before getting married again. She and Matt were married for decades and it seems that their differing views on commitment may have contributed to their breakup.
In Matt’s book, Against Tall Odds, he described how his wife views commitment, saying,
“While Amy puts commitment at or near the top of her list, I would put it further down. Amy tends to be more of a committed-to-a-fault kind of person, while I see most commitments – with some very notable exceptions – as flexible and negotiable.”
Matt’s views on commitment explain a particularly troubling passage from Roloff’s own book, A Little Me. In the book, Roloff said that she suspected her ex was already seeing his current girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, while they were still married. She wrote,
“Matt and our farm manager, who had been working for us a number of years by then, seemed to have more than just a working relationship or friendship. I saw messages, pictures, and other things that should not have been shared between people who just worked together and were still married to other people. I was devastated.”
If Matt did truly cheat on Amy, it might help explain why she’s being super cautious this time around.
While Roloff isn’t exactly hung up on her ex-husband, she is still understandably upset about how things ended. In a Facebook Live video last April, she admitted that she will likely always be sad about the fact that they divorced.
Roloff went on to reiterate her views on marriage, and how seriously she views them.
If and when Roloff does tie the knot, it will hopefully be for good. In the meantime, no one can blame her for wanting to be sure that Chris Marek is on the same page.
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