Emmy winner Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning, One Life to Live and General Hospital; ex-Kiki Jerome, GH) and longtime boyfriend Taylor Crousore are engaged. The actress shared the news on Instagram.
"ENGAGED!!!??? On Saturday July 15th, 2023 (MY NEW "BEST DAY EVER"), Taylor took me to the place we had our first date & asked me to MARRY HIM! Two years ago on July 18th 2021, Taylor and I met up for the first time ON THIS PIER after falling for each other virtually for a month 1/2 prior. We were both so nervous but SO hopeful that we would be just as big of a match in person as we felt we were over the 800+ videos we had sent to each other back & forth. And lucky for us, after sharing our first kiss on that pier, we knew were a match. What I didn't know was just how incredible the next two years would be with him. Taylor, you are everything I ever dreamed of and more! I feel like I've been with you for a lifetime, & almost can't remember life before you. When I think I can't possibly love you more, I somehow feel giddier EVERY DAY that I have the honor of being yours. Thank you for making me feel the MOST special & loved & taken care of. I'll get into the details of our proposal in another post because he created a WHOLE NIGHT! It was PERFECT?? The night was filled with surprises, family, friends, romance, & so much LOVE???? I've never cried so many happy tears in one night?? @crousore You make all of my dreams come true & I cannot wait to spend forever with you!"
Thank you @michaeldangora for secretly capturing these incredible moments!!!??????
Alderson's BFF Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston Wilde, OLTL) shared, "I could not be any freaking happier that my bestie is gonna marry someone who is beyond perfect for her and is going to take care of her in the best way possible. She is in such good hands, oofff I'm tearing up just thinking about it. What an epic weekend. Love you both so much. Cannot wait for this wedding!!!"
As you might expect, Alderson's soap family was quick to join on the celebration.
"Congratulations beauty. You deserve happiness. All the best to you both!" wrote Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan, OLTL). Added Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer, OLTL), " So happy for YoU both this is awesome news." "Love!!! Congratulations!!" Maura West (Ava Jerome, General Hospital) posted. "Awww this is so sweet and so cute!!! Congrats beautiful!!!!" wrote Chrishell Stause (Amanda Dillon, All My Children; ex-Jordan Ridgeway, DAYS). "This is amazing!!!! Congrats Mamma!!!" added Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson, The Young and the Restless; Annie Chandler AMC).
Alderson stepped into the role of One Life to Live character Starr Manning in 1998, when she was just six years old. After OLTL was canceled in 2011, the actress took the character to its sister soap, GH. However, Alderson's days as Starr were numbered: ABC lost its rights to all OLTL characters in a battle with Prospect Park, prompting the writers to force Starr out of town after the character's lover and daughter were killed in a car accident. GH kept Alderson on in the newly created role of Kiki Jerome, but the actress chose to leave daytime in 2015.
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