Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg credits union heaven with him and her husband, Chasten.
Appearing on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ this week, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, shared some anecdotes about his nearly three-year marriage, including why he chose a somewhat unlikely place. – Chicago O’Hare International Airport – to pop the issue in 2017.
“I know not everyone understands that O’Hare can be a romantic place, but he absolutely can,” Buttigieg said Monday. “The first time Chasten and I communicated was on this app called Hinge, and he was sitting at gate B5 at the airport. … I always remembered that in a certain technical sense, even though it was from a distance, this was where we first met.
Two years after that initial exchange in 2015, the couple were visiting O’Hare before going on vacation, where Buttigieg had planned to propose. And in the end, air travel turned out to be a fitting metaphor for their relationship.
“I told him [marriage] would be like being at the airport, ”Buttigieg recalls. “Life with me would be difficult to steal private moments, but also full of adventure. Lucky for me, he said yes.
Ahead of his conversation with Meyers, Buttigieg briefly hinted at his personal connection to O’Hare in December, while agreeing to the appointment as transport secretary under President Joe Biden.
Boasting about his “personal love of transportation,” he said: “Traveling through my mind is synonymous with growth, adventure, even love – so much so that I proposed to my husband Chasten in an airport terminal .
“Don’t let anyone tell you that O’Hare isn’t romantic,” he joked.
O’Hare officials have took note of Buttigieg’s rare affection for the sixth busiest airport in the world. In December, the airport thanked the transport secretary on Twitter “For appreciating all the connections we make possible”, and pledged to work with him “as we continue to make our airport attractive for decades to come”.
O’Hare and United Airlines commemorated the site of the Buttigiegs’ first reunion and their subsequent engagement with heartwarming photos on social media.
Meanwhile, Pete and Chasten’s love story will soon make its way to the small screen. On Monday, Amazon Studios announced plans to release “Mayor Pete,” a documentary directed by Jesse Moss that will examine Buttigieg’s 2020 campaign as the first openly gay presidential hopeful from a major party.
According to Variety, “Mayor Pete” promises to go behind the scenes of Buttigieg’s historic victory in the Iowa caucuses and show him and Chasten at their Indiana home.
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