There’s no doubt that they’ll be “cool” dads. Though Mean Girls heartthrob Jonathan Bennet and his fiancé, TV host Jaymes Vaughan, have yet to tie knot, that doesn't mean they don’t think about the future — and that may involve some mini-mes running around the house (or, in their case, riding bicycles around the living room!).
“Kids are definitely a possibility,” Bennett, who played Mean Girls’ Aaron Samuels, exclusively tells OK! via Zoom alongside his soon-to-be hubby.
“But [if] it’s a matter of to say when, we couldn’t right now because we have been advised by all of our friends to just enjoy these moments because they’re fleeting,” interjects Vaughan. “But yes,” he says, he wouldn’t be opposed to “a little Jonathan running around.”
He adds, “Jonathan is my big kid now, as well as our dog who is passed out here on the floor with a bone on his back — I don’t know how he pulled that off!”
Right now, the two — who are currently making history as the first gay couple to grace the cover of iconic wedding magazine The Knot for their Summer 2021 issue — are enjoying their engagement and time well spent together in quarantine. After all, it is during lockdown that the Celebrity Page anchor popped the question.
About a month into the coronavirus lockdown, “when we were riding bicycles around the living room because we were delirious,” Vaughan says, “I was like, ‘This is my best friend, this is the person I have to spend forever with,’ so I spent quarantine planning an engagement because I knew he was The One.”
Bennett, 39, was biking around the living room, singing songs from Broadway’s Wicked — he’s seen the show 19 times — and Vaughan, 38, was falling that much more in love with his now fiancé.
“He’s my toddler,” Vaughan jokes of his handsome man. “He’s a blast. Quarantining with Jonathan — I’m sad that not everyone was able to quarantine with Jonathan because he made it fun.”
Vaughan proposed to Bennett with an original song, simply titled “Our Song.” And now it may even be performed at their anything-but-ordinary wedding ceremony, slated to be held next spring in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
“We had a celebrity friend who is like, ‘I wanna sing your song you wrote for Jonathan at the wedding,’ like, ‘Okay, cool,’” Vaughan explains. However, he adds, the couple doesn’t want to “lock in” any of the details just yet because they’re simply enjoying the ride of being fiancés.
“Our engagement, The Knot cover and our wedding is much bigger than the two of us,” Bennett tells OK!. “It’s about the community, and we know we have a responsibility with this to do everything very loudly and proudly.” They want to be trailblazers in the wedding space, Bennett says, “to help make safer and more inclusive environments for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, and it started with the cover of The Knot.
“Never in a million years, when I was a closeted teen heartthrob who lived in fear every single day of people finding out who I was, never did I think one day would I be with my fiancé on the cover of the biggest wedding magazine in the world living my life loudly and proudly, I never thought the day would happen.”
Adds Vaughan, as he cuddles up to Bennett in their home in Palm Springs, “I’m very proud of him for that.”