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Every Single Thing We Know About AOC’s New Fiancé, Riley Roberts

Did ya see?! Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York just confirmed she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Riley Roberts! “Yep! It’s true,” said the congresswoman to Insider. Cue confetti and fireworks!

Insider also repots that AOC and Riley were “taking some space to savor” this sweet moment in their relationship before wedding planning got going. “No future details yet,” she said, “we’re taking some space to savor this time before diving into planning.”

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AOC and Riley go waaay back to their college days at Boston University where they first met in 2011. After college, they took some time a part but started dating again later in their adulthood and have been together for at least four years. It was just last month that the pair got engaged to be married with a proposal that took place in AOC’s family’s hometown in Puerto Rico. Awww.

While they’re pretty low-key—their friends in college didn’t even know they were dating until after graduation!—you may have caught a glimpse of him during last year’s Met Gala when he attended the event with AOC. Look how cute they are together:

representative alexandria ocasio cortez posing with her fiance riley roberts at the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion

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Naturally, all of this only means we had to pull out our finest Sherlock Holmes attire and deep dive into every single thing there is to know about AOC’s new fiancé Riley. Let us begin! 🔎🔎🔎

Riley works in marketing

Right now, Riley works for a brand called HomeBinder, which is “an online home management platform for modern homeowners,” per his LinkedIn. He also owns and runs a user-experience consulting company that helps startups grow their businesses.

He met AOC in college

More than 10 years ago, Riley and AOC first laid eyes on each other at a weekly student town-hall called Coffee and Conversations, according to Insider. Because AOC is nothing if not On Brand™️, she, of course, was often the one driving these discussions, but Riley was known for stirring the pot to keep rigorous and stimulating dialogue going.

“Riley was, for lack of a better term, the shit-starter,” said AOC’s friend Eric Baker in the biography Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC, which was written by New York Magazine editors. “Riley’s just as smart as anyone you’ve ever met, probably smarter, but he would actively say things just to stir the pot,” particularly when the conversation “began to have the collegiate, navel-gazing feel of collective concord.”

Even though “every guy went through their phase where they had a crush on [AOC],” according to Eric, AOC and Riley dated all throughout their undergrad years and broke up once they graduated. Years later, fate aligned and Riley moved to AOC’s native New York, and they rekindled the romance. A love story if I ever did hear one!

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He’s from Arizona

Riley is a desert boy at heart. He even moved back to Arizona after college once he and AOC broke up, but that dry heat couldn’t keep him very long since love in the big city was calling his name. Riley “moved to New York to be with (AOC)” and “commutes between the Bronx and the couple’s D.C. apartment, where he’s continued to work from home,” according to 2019 reports from Insider.

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He’s super supportive of AOC

Way back in 2018 when AOC was running for Congress, a Netflix documentary called Knock Down the House was made about her and four other progressive women running their primary campaigns. The movie premiered on the streamer in 2019.

knock down the house by netflix showing representative aoc during her primary campaign

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Riley was featured in the film roughly 12 times, and he’s always seen in a supporting role—never in the spotlight. Rachel Lears, who made the movie, told Insider in 2019 that in “everything from the emotional to the strategic to the practical, [Riley] has been a really important partner to [AOC].”

That’s all we have on Riley right now! But stay tuned as their are likely more deets to come as their wedding planning gets rolling.

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