Looking back at his proposal to longtime love Kesha Ward at last year’s Met Gala, rapper and entrepreneur 2 Chainz tells PEOPLE the decision for such a grand romantic gesture was basically a no-brainer.
“I just knew it’d be historic. It would be in somebody’s Google search on down the line. It might be even in the history book and I’m just a debonair lil’ fella so I figured I — why not?” he said backstage on Thursday after headlining the Marquee Moments concert in Atlanta. (The event, organized by Coca-Cola, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, also featured Arrested Development, Big Boi, En Vogue, the Indigo Girls and others.)
“I figured, Why not do it here?” 2 Chainz (né Tauheed Epps) tells PEOPLE of deciding to pop the question to Ward, with whom he shares daughters Harmony and Heaven and son Halo, while on the famous stairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.
“I could have done it a thousand places, but we were looking our best and so was everybody else in the world,” says 2 Chainz, 42. “So I did what I had to do, did what I wanted.”
“They’ve been together so long and have three children together that he always refers to Kesha as his wife, but they’ve never actually tied the knot!” a source told PEOPLE last May after he proposed to her.
“I know Tauheed has exotic taste, so I let him take the reins of the wedding, but I gave him some guidance on what I was looking for,” Ward told Vogue at the time.
On their married life now, after so many years together, 2 Chainz demurs — but says, “We loved each other then, we loved each other the day we got married and we’re gonna love each other forever.”
“We’ve always kept our relationship more or less internal as far as how we take care of each other, take care of family,” he adds.
He and Ward, who owns an early childhood education center in Atlanta, make sure much of their private lives stays just that. Their proposal notwithstanding.
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“I’m pretty private with our family, but Tauheed convinced me to step out for the Met Gala because it’s such a big event and an honor to be invited,” she told Vogue last year. “I was truly shocked that this is what he had planned though!”
As her husband tells PEOPLE now: “The recipe that we have for our relationship has never been broken.”