Ariana Grande is a 25-year-old American actress, singer, and songwriter
of superstar status. She is well-known for her long, full pony tail. She
began her career on Broadway in 2008 in the musical
13, and catapulted to television with her Nickelodeon series
Victorious and then its spinoff
Sam and Cat. She began her singing career with her soundtrack of her TV series
Victorious. She is very involved in many charitable organizations from
Black Lives Matter to
March for Lives.
Pete Davidson is a 25-year-old American comedian and actor. He is currently
a member of the cast of NBC’s
Saturday Night Live. He was seven years old when his father died. His father was a New York
firefighter and died fighting the World Trade Center fire on September
11, 2001. Davidson has said that his father’s death caused him to
act out for many years, at one point pulling all of his hair out of his
head. He suffers from Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease)
and uses medical marijuana to ease his pain.
In May of 2018, Grande and Peterson began dating. In June of 2018, Davidson
presented Grande with a $100,000 engagement ring and asked her to marry
him. She accepted his offer. (According to TMZ, “…[t]he ring
-- a 3.03 carat diamond set in platinum -- was a one of a kind, made specifically
for Grande, and took weeks to complete.”)
Sadly, the engagement did not end in matrimony. Just four months later,
Grande called off their engagement, and ended their relationship.
Does that mean Grande has to return the ring to Peterson, or can she keep it?
Although both Peterson and Grande are New York residents, if this had happened
in California, the state has codified law stating the status of an engagement
ring when a marriage is called off.
The law was written in 1939 and states, “Where either party to a
contemplated marriage in this State makes a gift of money or property
to the other on the basis or assumption that the marriage will take place,
in the event that the
donee refuses to enter into the marriage as contemplated or that it is given
up by mutual consent, the
donor may recover such gift or such part of its value as may, under all of the
circumstances of the case, be found by a court or jury to be just.”
(California Civil Code Section 1590) (Italics added)
What this means is that if the
donee (the one receiving the ring) ends the engagement, the ring returns to the
donor (the one offering the ring). The same result applies if both the
donor and the
donee together decide to end the engagement.
What the law implies, however, is that if the donor ends the relationship,
the done can keep the ring. The implication was followed by the courts
beginning in 1950, and is still good law today.
In the case of Grande and Peterson, TMZ reports that Grande returned the
Peterson. No legal action required.