We know longtime talk show host Stephen Colbert for his spot-on humor, sarcastic and politically-questionable TV persona, and hilarious facial expressions. But who knew the funnyman was also a romantic at heart? During a Q&A with the audience of The Late Show, the comedian shared the incredibly sweet story of how he met his wife of 23 years, Evelyn McGee-Colbert.
It all started when a man in the audience asked how Colbert knew Evelyn was "the one." The media personality immediately seized the opportunity, asking "Aw man, how long do we have?" Promising to "keep it short," he decided to share, just because he loved the story so much (aw!).
As it turns out, the satire star was in the midst of another long-term relationship before meeting his soul mate "Evie." His former girlfriend had just given him an ultimatum—marry her or dump her—and like any good man, he consulted his mom for advice during a visit back to his hometown.
"Well, do you love her?" asked his mom, to which the uncertain actor responded, "I think so." Just like that, they both knew the answer—"'I don't know' isn't good enough," said Mrs. Colbert.
But in an incredible turn of events, fate came calling just days later, when Colbert and his mom went out to a show in Charleston.
"I walk in and I see across the lobby this woman, I think, for the first time," said Colbert. "Beautiful woman in a black linen dress,"—major snaps for an impeccable memory!—"standing below one of the sconces in the lobby, and I think, 'Her!' Honest to God, I thought, 'There's your wife, you're going to marry her.'"
After making eyes at one another throughout the night, it wasn't until the event's food line later on that Colbert got a chance to make a move, telling himself "you will kick yourself for the rest of your life if you do not turn around and say hello to her."
If that wasn't enough of a sign, the two immediately realized they had a childhood connection! But after chatting, Colbert feared Evelyn's attentiveness was solely the result of their family ties. Like a true gentleman, he decided to give her an out.
"So I turned my back for what now is clearly, to me, the most harrowing minute of my life. What if she'd gone away?" Colbert recollected. "But she didn't! She was still there when I turned around. Smiling at me. And now we're married," he ended, proudly.
Excuse us while we wipe our eyes at that too-good-to-be-true fairytale ending. Colbert, we like this romantic side of yours.