Paul Walker Bought $9,000 Engagement Ring for Military Couple Who Couldn’t Afford It

The couple had long suspected Walker had paid for the ring, but only learned so for sure after the actor's death this past weekend.

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Paul Walker films Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York City, on May 24, 2013.
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Paul Walker films Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York City, on May 24, 2013.

Kyle Upham and his fianceé were browsing a jewelry store in Santa Barbara in 2004 — just before Kyle was deployed to Iraq for a second tour of duty — when a fellow shopper began to help them with their engagement ring purchase, CBS reports.

“I noticed there was someone else in there, but didn’t give it much thought, and we started looking at rings and whatnot, and he kept saying, ‘Go bigger’ and I kept saying, ‘No, look at the prices,’” Kristen Upham, who is now married to Kyle, says. Kyle began talking with the stranger and realized it was Paul Walker.

After Walker found out that Upham was about to be deployed, he took matters into his own hands. The couple left the store without the $9,000 ring, but a saleswoman called them and told them to come back. “One of the ladies came out holding a bag and just said, ‘Here’s your ring.’ I think both of our mouths dropped,” Kristen says.

The couple suspected that the gift was Walker’s doing, but the employees at the store wouldn’t reveal the gifter. When the jewelry store clerk told her story on CBS Monday, the Upham’s suspicions were confirmed. “It’s still to this day the most generous thing anyone has ever done for me,” Kristen says.

Walker, best known for his roles in the Fast & Furious films, died in a car crash on Saturday.

[CBS]

37 comments
LaDuquesa
LaDuquesa

This was a beautiful gesture theres always some dumb ass that has something negative to say. Who cares if you feel wedding rings are sexist. Sthu already you sound lame. I Dont understand why there is so many miserable nasty people in the world that try to ruin something nice. That was awesome that he thought about someone else . it could be a ring...a meal...even a. Dollar point is he didn't have to but he did. I don't care what a ring means to you...or if you're against wearing leather...or vegetarian...lol. I love you paul. F#@k the haters.

kupihea12
kupihea12

I ran into him at the mall once by my house in Hawaii, he had a home near mine.  You could just tell he was a real humble guy despite his fame.  Held the door open for people, that kind of thing.

JoeyRN1
JoeyRN1

what a great story.  unfortunately, the IRS is now sending their letter to the recipients of the ring.

FellFree
FellFree

I find it funny how human race is dumb. Paul granted a gift to the couple. He witnessed true love between them and when he told the guy to offer a more expensive ring and came to know that he couldn´t afford him, Paul´s angel heart decided he wanted that couple to be happy. So, he granted their wish. It´s not like he´s offering the ring as a friend or anything else, he offered because he felt he needed to help them like a kind and marvelous guy Paul was. And still is, but in an Angel´s form.


RobertSnyder
RobertSnyder

He was being a nice guy doing something nice for a soldier off to harms way. What is wrong about that?????

DeboAndre
DeboAndre

Why does it have to be a negative thing that Paul purchased the ring for the American soldier? It didn't mean the solider couldn't provide he's done enough with his service in the military and Walker was thanking him for that. It is one of the greatest deeds I have ever heard of someone do someone with money at that. Most of these celebrities forget about all the good and all the joy they can bring to someone with generosity. Hardly any movie star would even take the time to even acknowledge or speak to an average American citizen because of the "social status". It's not about a "my woman" thing or an alpha dog it's just being polite and accepting a gift. That's what it was from Paul Walker. And now that he has passed what greater way to show that he was a down to earth person who knew how to stay humble even with millions in his bank account. RIP Paul the fastest and most humble angel in heaven

IceToes
IceToes

That's lovely and very generous! It is wonderful, and must feel wonderful, to be able to do something like that for somebody. Who wouldn't love to have the means to grant a wish like that!

MickDoscious
MickDoscious

It was a gift by a generous guy with a huge pure heart. Paul was one of very few true humanitarian celebrities. Only a callous sociopath would eschew such a noble gesture. Not to mention it was for a soldier who had already eaten mud and was going back for seconds. You people grow up, the hard-hearted bully generations time is over.

parksje
parksje

I'm against the whole idea of engagement rings in the first place, but if you're into such a sexist tradition, why would you want another guy to provide the ring?  The point of the ring is to show the capability of the man to be a provider, to stake a claim on the woman, and to act as a deposit against any damages potentially caused the woman in her role as chattel.


rogo
rogo

Just another story of American greed gone awry.

MariaCeciliaGarcia
MariaCeciliaGarcia

Paul was so beautiful inside and out. I can't remember being too much affected by a celebrity passing until Paul.

RyanHallisey
RyanHallisey

Hopefully they name a future son Paul or Walker.

LisaTanieluAhFook
LisaTanieluAhFook

Great story. I see it as a blessing... not tainting the fact the man who proposed didn't buy it...it is an engagement ring...not a wedding ring. The fact that he was a soldier deploying to Iraq might have encouraged Paul Walker more for his service to their country.

tonybot3
tonybot3

Doesn't another man purchasing the ring completely taint the entire sentiment?  Its a great gesture, but not sure i would accept it.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

as much as i don't care for paul walker's movies, the guy was an all-around great person from what i've been reading. granted, no one is going to post stories about him being a P.O.S. 4 days after he died, but still, seems like a solid dude

BirgittaNielsen-Carney
BirgittaNielsen-Carney

That gift will ensure he is remembered for a long time.  I've no doubt that couple will tell their children and grandchildren about Paul Walker and his generosity.

BarbaraAlixaCurbeloDiaz
BarbaraAlixaCurbeloDiaz

@JoeyRN1 Please do share exactly who you're source is, and/or how you received this misguided information! For starters.... IRS can "NOT" demand taxes to be paid by the couple on the ring for 2 reasons! For starters 1, The ring was a "GIFT"!  And, 2ND, The purchaser has already paid the taxes on the merchandise ( The RING ) when it was purchased from the store by that of Mr. Paul Walker himself! For future reference only make statements "IF" and "WHEN" you actually have "TRUE FACTS"! Try talking about what you do know, and not about what you do not know! Try again Hun ; )

Azealia
Azealia

@parksje I'm against the idea of engagement rings too, but that's not to say that that fiance was like that. He probably just wanted a decent wedding for his wife, and there's nothing wrong with honoring a tradition as long as it's done with respect toward all parties. 

Flurg
Flurg

@parksje Just because you have one view of what engagement rings represent, it certainly doesn't mean others don't find them symbols of something more.

edwadokun
edwadokun

@rogo He is SO greedy! How dare he buy something for someone else with no return! Greed at it's best!


btw i'm being sarcasitc

GothmogUrukHai
GothmogUrukHai

@tonybot3 that's why he keep himself anonymous

rmp
rmp

@#libtardedamerica "granted, no one is going to post stories about him being a P.O.S. 4 days after he died" 


Oh you would be surprised. I just read this article today by Adora Bull, where she gives 5 reasons why she is glad Paul Walker is dead. Who in their right mind would be glad that someone has died? After reading it, you would probably be amazed at her ignorance.

ZT205
ZT205

@#libtardedamerica "granted, no one is going to post stories about him being a P.O.S. 4 days after he died"

On the internet? You bet they will/would. So far the only negative story I've seen though is a rumor that he was drag racing when he died (which the police debunked).

tntstrm
tntstrm

@parksje YOU SUCK PERIOD and now I'm gone and will not even come back to see what other nasty things you have to say. Your just a rotten human being....wait not human JUST ROTTEN


parksje
parksje

@Azealia @parksje Yeah, before we start a new life together, let's spend all our money in one day.  Great tradition.