Kathie Lee Gifford has announced her daughter’s engagement to her boyfriend over the weekend, confessing to being over the moon by the news.
The 66-year-old former Today talk show host shared the news on Instagram Sunday while showing a picture of her 26-year-old daughter, Cassidy Erin Gifford, hugging her fiance, Ben Wierda.
‘So thrilled to announce that my beautiful daughter, @cassidygiff is engaged to a wonderful man, Ben @letsgetwierda I am beyond the moon and stars. Thank you, LORD,’ Kathie Lee wrote when sharing the news.
Congratulations! Kathie Lee Gifford, 66, announced her daughter, Cassidy Erin Gifford’s, engagement to Ben Wierda on Instagram Sunday
Exciting news: The engagement appears to be a family affair as Cassidy’s brother, Cody Gifford, and his fiance, Erika Brown, were in attendance
Can’t wait: Erika shared a picture of Cassidy with her ring on Instagram Sunday. She got engaged to Cody in May
Kathie Lee previously hinted to Access Hollywood that she thought her daughter would get engaged very soon given her relationship with Ben.
‘Cassidy’s probably going to get pretty engaged pretty darn soon too, I got a feeling,’ she told the publication a few days before the engagement news.
‘They’ve known each other since they were 11 and 14, so it’s good. It’s a happy time for us.’
Her bling: Cassidy has yet to share the news on her own Instagram page. But her family was quick to make the announcement
Kathie Lee’s former co-host Hoda Kotb shared in the excitement of the news by commenting on her friend’s post.
‘Cass!!! Over the moon,’ Hoda wrote.
Momager Kris Jenner also congratulated the daughter on her recent engagement, writing: ‘CONGRATULATIONS so so exciting!!!!’
When the couple officially started dating remains unclear, but Cassidy first posted a picture tagging Ben in May.
According to his LinkedIn page, Ben works as a project manager at Clarion Technologies. He is also the nephew of United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
The news of Cassidy’s engagement comes just a few months after her brother, Cody Gifford, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Erika Brown.
The 29-year-old proposed over Mother’s Day weekend to the delight of his mother. And it appears he was there over the weekend to watch his own sister become engaged.
Cody’s fiance Erika shared a picture showing the couple with the newly engaged couple over the weekend.
Proud mom: Kathie Lee said in an interview a few days before the engagement that she thought it would happen soon. She also revealed how Cassidy and Ben are childhood friends
Love: When the couple officially started dating remains unclear, but Cassidy first posted an Instagram picture tagging Ben in May
Busy year: Cassidy’s news comes after her brother Cody proposed to his longtime girlfriend in May. The Gifford family could have two big weddings coming up
‘Congratulations to the sweet couple, B and Lil’ C! God is so good,’ she wrote in the caption.
Erika also shared a selfie with Cassidy where she showed off her ring finger now adorned with an engagement ring. The image was tagged with hashtags #cassisawierda and #cassisgettingwierda, hinting at what is to come for the couple’s wedding tags when they get married.
The following year could be a big one for the Gifford family with both of Kathie Lee’s children now engaged.
Cody dated Erika for six years before proposing to her during Mother’s Day weekend. At the time, Kathie Lee also shared the news on her Instagram page.
‘My son is engaged and I couldn’t be happier for him and [Erika Brown],’ she wrote at the time, sharing a picture of the couple hugging.
Viewers have watched Kathie Lee’s children grow up before their eyes as they would both would often appear by his mother’s side for the Today show and different events.
Kathie Lee gave birth to Cassidy in 1993 with husband Frank Gifford while working on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. She remained on the show until 2000 before leaving to spend more time with her family.
Joining the family: The Gifford family will only get bigger as both of Kathie Lee’s children are engaged to be married
Heartbreaking: Kathie Lee had two children with husband Frank Gifford (pictured) before he passed away in 2015 at their home in Greenwich, Connecticut
The mother-of-two then returned to everyone’s screens by joining the Today show in 2008 for the fourth hour, working alongside Hoda.
Kathie Lee and her two children experienced hardship after Frank passed away in August 2015 at the age of 84 in their Greenwich, Connecticut, home from natural causes. It was later revealed he actually died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), believed to happen from his days as in the National Football League.
Frank played for the New York Giants for 12 years before retiring and becoming a television sports commentator for 27 years.
The Gifford family decided to donate his brain to research to better help medical professionals come up with solutions to protecting the head when people play contact sports.
It was rumored Kathie Lee was going to retire in 2015 after dealing with the death of her husband, but she remained on morning TV until April 2019.
She appears to be taking her retirement from morning TV in stride as Kathie Lee has since moved away from New York City to instead live in Nashville, Tennessee. She also spends time in California with her children.
Kathie Lee also recently made headlines when she was spotted by DailyMail.com on a date at an outdoor concert with a mystery man. This man was later revealed to be 56-year-old insurance salesman Randall ‘Randy’ Cronk.
The pair went on a few dates together, making it the first time Kathie Lee has dated in the last 33 years. But she told the Today show last week she was no longer seeing the man.
Now the family with have the upcoming nuptials to get excited about with both Cody and Cassidy set to marry their significant others.