Millie Bobby Brown’s journey to self-love has taken an inspiring turn, thanks to her fiancé, Jake Bongiovi. The 19-year-old Stranger Things star recently shared her heartwarming story with Glamour in their Women of the Year Issue. Millie met Jake, who happens to be the son of legendary musician Jon Bon Jovi, during what she described as “a really… interesting time” in her life.
At that point, Millie was grappling with her self-esteem and the choices she had made, including her previous relationship with TikTok personality Hunter Ecimovic, which she had openly called “unhealthy.” But her world took a beautiful turn when she crossed paths with Jake, who is 21 years old.
With Jake, Millie found a space where she could truly be herself. She explained, “When I met Jake, I just felt I could be loud. He embraced that and encouraged that. And I fell in love with myself while being with him.” It was a transformative experience for her, and she couldn’t help but wonder why he loved her. He listed all the qualities she once despised about herself and said he saw the beauty in them. Over time, these became the qualities she cherished the most.
In her own words, Jake played a significant role in helping her love herself and become the confident woman she is today. Millie admitted that their connection was “bizarre” in its intensity, and she never dreamed of a wedding but instead envisioned having a family. Yet, Jake changed her perspective on marriage entirely. She realized that he wanted her to be her authentic self, pursue her dreams, and live life to the fullest. “Oh, I do want this,” she thought, and her outlook on marriage shifted.
Millie has no doubts about getting married at a young age; she trusts her instincts and feels the urgency of taking action now, not waiting for some distant future. She’s driven by a sense of purpose, just like in her career. It’s all about seizing the moment and making things happen, whether it’s in her movie career, writing a book, or with her beauty brand, Florence by Mills. And Millie is confident that she and Jake will thrive together.
The couple, who got engaged in April, is fortunate to have the support of their families as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. Both of them come from backgrounds where they’ve witnessed wonderful, loving relationships. Jake’s family welcomed Millie with open arms, and it’s heartwarming to see their families become a second family for them.
Reflecting on their instant connection, Millie shared an endearing moment from the early days of their relationship. She vividly remembers feeling that Jake would be a significant part of her life after their first conversation. It was a feeling that couldn’t be rationalized, just an instinctual knowing that he was “the one.” For Millie, so much of life can be about overthinking, but with Jake, everything felt right, and she didn’t need to think too much.