Former “Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider is officially off the market!
On February 24, she revealed on social media that she had become engaged to her partner, Genevieve Davis, who she met in the summer of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Amy, 42, and Genevieve, 25, reflected on their engagement and their future together.
Amy Schneider Said She Was ‘Surprised’ By Genevieve Davis’ Marriage Proposal
I have an announcement: Genevieve is no longer my girlfriend… she’s my fiancée!!! I couldn’t be happier or more proud to spend my life with the very best person in the entire world 🥰🥰🥰 pic.twitter.com/ftd53zxnzF
— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) February 24, 2022
Amy told the outlet that “we both felt – from pretty early in our relationship – that this is where it was headed, but I was so surprised by it.”
“I’d known for a while that it was going to happen, so it’s kind of just a formality, in a sense,” she added. “But being actually engaged was such a good feeling, and I was surprised by that.”
The couple met for the first time in July 2020 during a small friendly gathering. At the time, Amy’s friend was dating Genevieve’s brother, who unexpectedly brought his sister along. Amy gave Genevieve a tarot reading and offered to let her spend the night on her couch.
“My first impression was … she’s very thoughtful and calm and very smart,” Genevieve said of Amy.
Amy replied, “I think my first impression was that you were really cute.”
Although Genevieve insisted that she was straight when asked, people began to notice that they were hanging out almost every day.
“I was always holding out hope,” Schneider said. “I loved hanging out with her. I loved that we didn’t have to be talking the whole time, and we didn’t have to be entertaining each other the whole time. … We could zone out on our phones or whatever, and it was fine.”
Genevieve Jokes That Amy Schneider ‘Freaked Out’ During Her Proposal
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The couple had previously agreed that Genevieve would propose to Amy sometime in February, which meant that Amy expected it to come on either Valentine’s Day or the couple’s one-year relationship anniversary on February 20th. However, Genevieve decided to surprise her by popping the question on a random Tuesday (February 8th).
“She came in, and I was on one knee, and she freaked out,” Davis recalled. “It’s actually a hilarious video.”
“Everything about it was perfect,” Schneider added. “Then we had … balloons hanging around our apartment for a while, but, you know.”
A week later, Amy had her own proposal planned for Genevieve at Sonoma, their favorite romantic dinner spot.
“But then I didn’t do it right at the beginning, and then it was getting towards the end, and I felt like I’d eaten too much,” Schneider recalled. “My stomach wasn’t feeling great, and … it didn’t feel like the right moment. Then we were back at the Airbnb and hanging out and talking and eating some edibles or whatever, and … I just suddenly impulsively decided, ‘Well, now’s the time.’”
The couple has not yet set a date for the wedding, although they are hopefully planning to celebrate their new relationship milestone in the summer of 2023.
What Is Next Up For Amy Schneider Post-‘Jeopardy!’ Fame
Although Amy Schneider may have made history with her second-place 40-game win streak, her “Jeopardy!” run is not over just yet. Amy is still scheduled to appear in the 2022 Tournament of Champions later this year. Amy will face off with some other “Jeopardy!” greats from this past season, including Matt Amodio, who set his own 38-game win streak shortly before Amy started her impressive run.
In the meantime, Amy quit her job as a software engineer and has signed with CAA to write a book. As for Genevieve, she’s an aspiring social worker who is currently working as a nanny. Genevieve plans to begin training for an organization that provides legal aid to foster impressionable youth before she heads to graduate school.
“I’ve got all these things happening and all these decisions to make, and a lot of them are kind of important — about where my life is going in the next few years and things like that,” Amy said. “It’s been crucial to have Genevieve around to talk to about it.”
To her soon-to-be wife, Amy added, “Your presence [reminds] me that all this stuff is extra, other stuff. That’s not my real life that’s here with you.”