Breaking the happy news via PEOPLE, the Broadway star reveals he popped the question to his boyfriend with an elaborate VR proposal on Tuesday night, June 8 surrounded by close friends and family, Frankie's mother Joan and Hale's aunt Carolyn. The proposal took place at the site of one of the couple's memorable first dates, Dreamscape, an immersive VR adventure venue in Los Angeles.
Frankie, who will be celebrating his four-year sober anniversary on June 16, took Hale to Dreamscape, telling him that they were meeting up with friends to celebrate his sober anniversary a few days early. He then surprised his boyfriend with the proposal.
For the special occasion, Frankie had it all planned by teaming up with the company to create a custom ending to the couple's VR experience, complete with a "Will you marry me?" message and intergalactic virtual fireworks. He gushes about the moment, "It was such a perfect, beautiful moment."
The 38-year-old goes on recalling his 28-year-old beau's reaction, "Hale was completely surprised and we both started crying tears of joy. I have been working on proposing to him in virtual reality for over a year and it was ABSOLUTELY breathtaking for us both."
The Franz depicter in Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" is apparently planning to share footage of the special moment with his fans as he teases, "I can't wait for everyone to see the video! Omg! We are so happy!"
Frankie and Hale, who is also an actor, met in 2019 at a line dancing bar in Los Angeles. "I randomly ended up going to this bar Oil Can Harry's in the Valley and I saw Hale he was dancing on the stage," he recalled their first encounter shortly after they started dating. Calling it "love at first dance," he opened up what attracted him to Hale, "He was performing for everybody. He loves to go to Oil Can Harry's he knew all the dances, I was blown away."
Frankie got engaged to Hale just several weeks after his sister Ariana tied the knot with Dalton Gomez in a private ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. "They got married," a rep for the singer/actress confirmed it last month. "It was tiny and intimate - less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn't be happier."