Israeli Couple Gets Engaged with Justin Timberlake; Revealed They’re Already Married
Last night at the Justin Timberlake’s Israel concert at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israeli couple Eliran and Ilana Elgozi got Justin Timberlake to pose for a selfie. How did they do it? Eliran Elgozi held up a sign saying he’d propose to his girlfriend if Justin got off stage and posed for a photo with the couple. So Justin Timberlake jumped off the concert stage and took the selfie with the couple’s camera. Then Timberlake said, “Now you gotta do it.”
With that, Eliran took out a ring and proposed marriage to Ilana. Of course, it was a highlight at the outdoor concert in Tel Aviv attended by over 40,000. Turns out that Eliran Elgozi has already been married to Ilana Elgozi for a couple months.
Was it just a way to get a celeb selfie with Justin Timberlake? Eliran Elgozi explained in a post on Facebook, retold in an article in The Times of Israel, that it was not simply a ploy to get attention and a picture, but a much-deserved romantic gesture to his wife.
|Justin Timberlake on stage in Tel Aviv, Israel 2014|
Elgozi said, “Anybody who knows us knows that we have traveled a path that hasn’t been so short or easy,” he wrote. “Our first marriages were not so great (to say the least), and our wedding — how shall we say, everything that could have gone wrong did. We were not sad. Anybody who knows us knows that we always try to make the best out of what we have. And thank to our amazing friends we managed to have something modest, [albeit] far from the dream wedding of the bride. There was a feeling of loss in the air.”
Here’s the video of Justin Timberlake taking the selfie with the Israeli couple at the Tel Aviv concert:
He recounted that after the wedding, he promised himself that he would make up for the less-than-spectacular nuptials and show his wife, who had stood beside him when he “slept on a mattress, didn’t have a shekel for a cucumber and didn’t leave him when he was alone and had no family,” how much she meant to him. Eliran began to formulate the plan after his wife bought the tickets for right in front of the stage.
“Luckily Justin is an amazing guy… and helped me do it the right way this time,” Eliran wrote. “It was even more than I could have imagined.”
Even though it wasn’t a legitimate marriage proposal, it made for a great moment at the Justin Timberlake Tel Aviv concert and Justin will probably never know the difference.
Rabbi Jason Miller, a co-founder of PopJewish.com, is an educator, entrepreneur and blogger. He also writes the Jewish Techs blog. Follow him on Twitter at @RabbiJason.