Lily Collins Shares Sweet Photos of Her Engagement to Charlie McDowell

Tolkien and Rules Don’t Apply star Lily Collins and director Charlie McDowell are engaged. The actor made the announcement on Instagram and shared sweet photos of the proposal. 

 Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell
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Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell have been dating for over a year

Collins and McDowell first hinted at their romance last summer. In an August 2019 post, the Emily in Paris star shared a series of photos of herself with McDowell in Paris.

In one post, in which Collins is leaning on the director’s back, she wrote, “Always got your back.” And McDowell then replied to the post with an emoji of a scooter. 

Collins then posted a photo of McDowell in an Instagram story and tagged him in it. “When he’s only just left, but it feels like forever,” she wrote in the post.  “I miss you.”

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Collins, the daughter of Grammy Award-winning singer, Phil Collins, was previously rumored to be dating her Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile co-star Zac Efron, as well as Captain America star, Chris Evans. Before dating Collins, McDowell was rumored to be in a romance with Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Rooney Mara, and Phoebe Tonkin. 

She gave him a sweet shout out for his birthday

In July 2020, Collins took to Instagram to honor her beau for his 37th birthday. Not only did she recognize him for being a great boyfriend, but she also noted that he’s a great dad to their dog, Redford.

“Today it’s your birthday and yet I feel like I’m the lucky one,” she captioned the post. You’re a true gift of a human @charliemcdowell. An incredible boyfriend and the best dog dad to @redforddog.” 

“You’ve opened my eyes and deepened my heart,” Collins continued. “You constantly inspire me to dream big and go outside of my comfort zone. Every day is an adventure with you and I can’t wait to explore more of the world together (when we can). I love you so much.” See more of Lily and Charlie’s sweet romance ahead.”

Lily Collins announces her engagement to Charlie McDowell

On Sept. 25, 2020, Collins shared some big news. The actor posted photos of her proposal on Instagram and confirmed she and McDowell were engaged.  

“I’ve been waiting my lifetime for you,” she captioned the Instagram post. “And I can’t wait to spend our lifetime together…”

McDowell also shared the news on Instagram. He posted a smiling photo of Collins with the caption, “In a time of uncertainty and darkness you have illuminated my life. I will forever cherish my adventure with you.”

In their engagement photos, the two are dressed casually and look like they are out for a hike. Collins is wearing a tan sweater with jeans. And McDowell is donning a baseball cap and t-shirt.

Many of Collins’ celebrity friends, including Ashley Tisdale, Ciara, and Taylor Hill, left congratulatory comments on her post. And actors like Zachary Levi, Max Minghella, and Beth Behrs offered their best wishes to McDowell on his post.