‘I screamed YES’: Jenny Slate is engaged to Mass. artist-writer Ben Shattuck

Jenny Slate during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 25, 2019.
Jenny Slate during an interview with host Seth Meyers on June 25, 2019.Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBC

Actress-author Jenny Slate brought home a pretty sweet souvenir from a trip to France: a ring.

The Milton native announced her engagement to Massachusetts-based art curator and writer Ben Shattuck on Instagram on Monday, writing that she “screamed YES” when he popped the question.

“He took me to France and made a picnic and made me feel happy and free and then he asked me to marry him and i screamed YES,” Slate wrote. “I love you @benshattuck_art, you are the kindest and brightest and I am so grateful and here we go and keep going.”

Shattuck revealed more details of the proposal with an Instagram post of his own, along with photos of his bride-to-be.


“In an abandoned castle in southern France, I asked this woman to marry me,” Shattuck wrote. “Here she is in front of a door the color of her soul. In LA / MA / Holland / Belgium / France thank you @jennyslate and UP UP UP to more adventures.”

Slate was previously married to filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp from 2012 to 2016. Prior to dating Shattuck, Slate was in a relationship with Sudbury native Chris Evans, with whom she starred in the 2017 movie “Gifted.”

Earlier this summer, Slate posted photos of Shattuck examining snake skins, nametags from a wedding with the couple’s names on them, and the pair posing on Cuttyhunk Island, a tiny island 12 miles south of New Bedford where Shattuck runs a writers’ workshop and where Slate gave a commencement speech to Cuttyhunk Elementary School’s only graduate.

In June, she told Refinery29 cofounder Christene Barberich on her Unstyled podcast that she was “deeply in love” with Shattuck.

“I have this faith now — I do — that I can have this beautiful relationship with this man that I deeply love,” Slate told Barberich. “That I can have a full life, that I can live on this peninsula in Massachusetts where I live right now, and have my career, and that I can feel beauty in myself in so many ways.”