By Melissa Lee

Channing Tatum recently reflected on his plan to propose to his now wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, which ended up being… well, pretty cruel. According to UsMagazine.com, Tatum wanted to propose in 2008 but when he thought his wife was onto him, he tried to throw her off. “I basically told her I never wanted to get married,” Tatum reveals. “I told her, ‘I don’t believe in the institution of marriage and I don’t think I ever want to get married.’ She basically broke down crying.” Apparently Dewan Tatum’s reaction broke his heart, because he realized he had to propose sooner than later. Thankfully, she said yes, and the celebrity couple have been married since 2009.

This celebrity couple news has us shaking our heads at Channing Tatum. What are some ways to throw your partner off the scent when you’re about to propose?

Cupid’s Advice: 

If you’re attempting to keep your proposal a secret, there are better ways to do so instead of taking your partner on an emotional rollercoaster (sorry, Channing!). Head below for some of Cupid’s advice on throwing your lover off when it comes to the big proposal:

1. Stay quiet: Instead of bringing up any hints of marriage or proposing, just stay silent about the topic. This way you aren’t even bringing the thought to their attention, plus it’ll make it seem like you aren’t even thinking about it. Don’t do this for too long, though — you don’t want to pull a Channing and have your partner think that you’re not even interested in getting married!

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2. Make it a complete surprise: Try to surprise your partner with the proposal by having them think you’re doing something simple. For example, take them out on a date night and then propose at the end of the night, making it a memorable yet quaint night. You could also go on a weekend getaway and plan a romantic surprise, catching them off guard entirely.

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3. Do it when they’re least expecting: On the other hand, you could also propose when they’re least expecting it. Make your partner breakfast in bed and pop the question just as they’re done digging in. If your lover is into a more simple approach, surprise proposals would be picture perfect.

What are your tips for surprising your partner with a proposal? Leave your thoughts below.