Jake Owen will be taking a detour from heading ‘down to the honkytonk’ by heading down the aisle instead. The country singer announced that he is engaged to his girlfriend of three years, Erica Hartlein.
Staying mostly mum on the details, Owen shared a captionless photo to his Instagram story on Monday (11/30) of himself with Hartlein and their daughter Paris. The smiling couple happily pose, highlighting a new piece of bling placed on Hartlein’s left hand. In a follow-up photo, Owen shows off his jeans with a mark of fresh dirt on one of the knees, again hinting that he’d dropped down to one knee to pop the question.
The couple first met in 2017 when Owen made a shopping trip to Restoration Hardware. Hartlein was working as an interior designer and he was there to “buy a couch or something,” the singer told the All My Favorite People Podcast.
“I was just intrigued by how beautiful she was and how she was holding court in that store that day and telling people what they needed to do. I was like ‘Wow, she’s got a lot going for her. She’s confident,'” Owen shared. “But I never actually ever said anything to her about it — it was flirtatious until it was a few weeks after that … I was in the store, and I said ‘Hey, you wanna get a beer sometime? I don’t know if that’s professional enough to ask because you’ve only helped me in a professional way, but I figured if I didn’t ask you for beer, I’d never know if you would wanna go get one.’ She was like, ‘Sure, let’s go. So, we went to the Red Pony in Franklin.”
It was in 2018 that the couple revealed they were expecting a baby girl together. The news was shared during an appearance on ABC’s I’m Coming Home special, which aired over Thanksgiving that year. Paris Hartley arrived on April 29, 2019.
“It’s a Willie great day!!” Owen wrote on Twitter upon her arrival. “Well Happy Birthday to Willie Nelson, born on this day April 29th, 1933. Also, happy birthday to my little beautiful daughter Paris Hartley Owen born today April 29th, 2019 #GodIsGreat.”
Paris is Owen’s second daughter. His first, Pearl, was born on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) in 2021.