Duncan Laurence, the winner of 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest, has revealed his engagement to his boyfriend.
The Dutch singer-songwriter won the contest for the Netherlands back in 2019 with his track “Arcade” – and had a surprise extension to his time as the reigning champ due to the cancellation of the 2020 contest.
While his winning Eurovision song was about heartbreak, things are looking much more fulfilled at the moment for Laurence.
Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence is engaged.
Taking to Instagram this week, the bisexual musician revealed he is engaged to his boyfriend, American songwriter Jordan Garfield.
Sharing a photo of his engagement ring on his Instagram Story, Laurence wrote: “I love you @jordandelivers.”
Garfield, who lives with his partner in Stockholm, also confirmed the news.
He wrote: “To those of you who I haven’t spoken with recently, I am the luckiest man in the world. I asked Ducan Laurence to marry me and he said yes.
“I have never been so happy in my life. I’m going to marry a kind, smart, genuine, talented and handsome man. I’m also marrying my best friend.”
The timing is poignant for Laurence, coming just as he releases new track “Last Night”, which wiwibloggs notes was co-written by his fiancé.
Laurence was out as bisexual when he won the contest, telling reporters ahead of the final in 2019: “This chance means to me that I can show myself as an artist but also as a human being.
“I stand for things. I am more than just an artist. I am a person, I’m a living being, I’m bisexual, I’m a musician. I stand for things and I’m proud that I get the chance to show what I am, who I am.”
Of course, Eurovision has had a number of queer winners before, not least Austria’s Conchita Wurst and Israel’s Dana International.
The song contest will be back in 2021.
Eurovision bosses recently outlined plans for the 2021 contest, vowing to make sure the contest goes ahead in some form even if there is another coronavirus lockdown.
Organisers are preparing for four possible scenarios for next year’s contest, depending on the remaining levels of coronavirus restrictions.
Under the best-case scenarios, the contest would take place in the Netherlands as normal with a full audience or a socially-distanced audience.
However, in the worst case scenario, the contest could take place remotely – with the acts all performing from empty studios in their own country, and the show tied together by hosts in Rotterdam.