Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande have reportedly called off their engagement. Celebs are no strangers to protecting their wealth with lengthy prenups, but what happens when a couple breaks up before even saying “I do”? And…what happens to the engagement ring?
It’s possible for couples to hash out the details of a breakup themselves. But if you want to involve the law, you can. There are laws in place to determine who gets to keep the engagement ring when things don’t work out. So who is it? Well, it depends.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Per USA Today, who gets to keep the ring depends on which state the couple resides in. In some states, an engagement ring is defined as a “gift,” which means that the person it was gifted to (in this case, Ariana Grande, even though she is a gift) gets to keep the bling. But in other states, an engagement ring is a conditional offering, meaning the person being proposed to only gets to keep the ring if they move forward with marriage.
“It is the difference between the ring as consideration for the promise to get married as opposed to the ring as a ‘gift,’ as gift is defined in the law,” Anita M. Ventrelli, a senior partner at Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck told the news outlet. “In the case of the ring as consideration for the promise to marry, if one does not perform on the promise to marry, one is not entitled to keep the consideration.”
Most U.S. states, including New York (where Pete and Ariana share an apartment), follow this protocol, which means the ring *technically* goes back to whichever of them purchased the ring.