Jessica Serfaty, who plays Sloan Petersen on Days of Our Lives, is still over the moon about her engagement to billionaire Leonardo Maria Del Vecchio. In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, she admits that she was completely surprised. She notes, “We had just been talking the week before about how funny our engagement stories were from our previous engagements. So I had no idea he was going to propose.”
Serfty and Del Vecchio first met in 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival. She says, “We were on a boat and I saw him dancing and thought he was so cute and a good dancer. We kind of just said ‘Hi,’ shook hands and then went [our separate ways]. Then I ran into him a couple of years later in Europe. A lot of our friends are mutual friends, so we were there and spent five consecutive days with our group. He and I really took a liking to one another and had the best time with our friends, dancing until the sun rose, blasting music, screaming, singing … it was a beautiful, joyous trip. We stayed friends. We didn’t let anything happen, but we had big crushes on one another. It was just never the right time.”
After running into each other a couple of times after that throughout the years it ultimately came down to them making that connection. Sefaty added, “It wasn’t until after my last relationship ended mid-last year, he reached out and said he’d been thinking about me. Strangely enough, three days prior to that, I had told my sister about him. I hadn’t seen him in, like, a year-and-a-half. It was really just coincidental, but I was thinking about him as well. He asked, ‘Are you single … finally?’ Because I have a history of not really being single. I was and then I flew out to see him. It was history after that.”
The two are not planning to get married right away, but it is of course in the near future. Serfaty opened up about her wedding plans, noting, “It’s too soon. I know we’ll start planning for around a year [from now]. I’m just living in this engagement bliss. Letting it sink in. We’ll definitely have the wedding in Europe and most likely do it in Italy. His family is from Italy. I’m also in love with Italy. That’s the plan.”
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