Actress Tika Sumpter is engaged! The 36-year-old actress said "yes" to her Have and Have Nots costar Nick James. Her announcement is set to air next week on The Real. Sumpter told The Real cast there were no whistles and bells -- just simplicity and thoughtfulness -- when her boyfriend and father of her unborn child James asked for her hand in marriage on Christmas day. She blushed with joy as she recounted that moment. Watch a preview below.
Tika Sumpter On The Real
"There was like this letter of just beauty and then he proposed and I was like, it was just simple and just awesome," Tika shared.
The two met on the set of OWN Network's hit TV series The Have and the Have Nots when James joined the cast as heartthrob Officer Justin. A secret fling kindled between them, as the actors were together on set for most of their days. Sumpter became pregnant but did not announce the news until seven months in. Many wondered why a first-time mommy would hide such precious information from her fans.
"She's my first child, and I wanted to experience every moment of this pregnancy for myself and enjoy it without everybody else being in it with me," Tika revealed to Entertainment Tonight. Sumpter did not want people questioning her about her baby's father, even though the two had been an item for two years.
Sumpter gave birth to her daughter Ella in October. So far, the Southside With You actress has managed to keep her personal business personal. Her career spans over 10 years, and her resume includes several movies such as Sparkle, Get On Up, and Ride Along. Although not as extensive, James has a few acting credits under his belt as well. He was in the movie Prom Night and can be seen in TV series NCIS and The Client List.
She has not given any further information on her wedding plans.