North Texas radio darling Kellie Rasberry is tying the knot. The popular "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" host has been famously open about her life on the air – from infertility to her painful divorce, single motherhood and dating – talked about finding love again with NBC 5.
"I was at a place in my life when I really wanted somebody," Rasberry said.
Finishing her sentence, Rasberry's fiance, Allen Evans, said, "And you 'swiped left' on me the first time!"
"There was just one picture I didn't like," Rasberry said. "It was literally one picture. He was wearing a scarf and he was doing a very cheesy pose and I was like, 'No.'"
But Evans says persistence paid off.
The two went on a few dates.
"It was about four dates before he ever tried to kiss me," Rasberry said, which was not OK with her, she admits.
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"I wanted him to be a bit more aggressive, so at first I thought it was going nowhere, but he won me over," she said.
Next on the list for Evans was winning over Rasberry's 10-year-old daughter, Emma Kelly.
"I think she didn't want me to steal her mother. She would get between us if we were watching a movie. I would make sure I didn't give too many kisses on the way out. I totally understood it," Evans said.
His magic tricks, he says, did the trick.
"Magic was part of it. It's a hobby. Just being consistently positive. That's what I tried to do," he said.
"She has her moments. She was a little threatened, afraid that our relationship would change. I told her we would have more mommy/daughter dates, just the two of us," Rasberry said.
Then, a little over a year after they started dating, Evans popped the question with a deck of cards.
"When I turned over the one that said, 'Will you marry me?' I was like, 'Oh, my God!" Rasberry said.
Timing, she says, was everything. She turns 50 years old this year.
"What can I do? My age is my age. To be turning 50, that's a milestone, and to be getting married, my cup overfloweth. It's been a wonderful year. There's hope. I don't want anybody to give up. God's timing isn't always our timing. Everything had to time out perfectly for us to be together," Rasberry said.
The couple is hoping for a July wedding, and yes, Rasberry says you will be hearing about it every morning on the radio.