It's still unclear why Ashley Harlan is marrying Ben Roethlisberger. But one thing is now known to all: the couple's wedding date. The couple will get hitched on July 23.
"It's just an engagement," the quarterback told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in his first interview on the topic. "I never expected it to be on the front pages of all the papers and websites. There was speculation what our invitations would look like and who is coming! It almost seemed surreal, it was like a movie or something, it was weird."
Also weird, to some? Why anyone would marry the Steelers star after multiple accusations of sexual assault.
But over 500 guests are expected to attend and Ben is serious about a no-present policy. He intends to donate any gifts to Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.Roethlisberger and Harlan have dated on and off for five years. He's aware of many comments people have on the nuptials.
"People will always have opinions of everybody and me, and that's fine, they're entitled," Ben says. "But people who know her, know me, know us... I'm in a happy place, but a lot of that has to do with her, too.
"People can say that it is whatever, but people who know and can see and are around us and know me, know that it's something special when you find that person, and I'm extremely lucky."