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Benedict Cumberbatch explains his engagement announcement

It would have been "too impersonal" if the announcement was made over social media, says 'Sherlock' star

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Nov 2014

Why Ben did it
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We're still trying to come to terms with the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch will soon have a Mrs Cumberbatch with him (and maybe Cumberbabies soon after), and as time passes, it's becoming clearer and clearer that Sophie Hunter is a very lucky woman. The British actor has proven to be very humble and considerate.

At a screening of his new movie, The Imitation Game, in Los Angeles, Benedict told USA Today why his engagement was announced the old-school way (it was published in The Times newspaper's births, deaths and marriages column).

"It's what I would have done if I wasn't famous. It's a normal thing to do in my country," the 38-year-old said. "It was a way of telling our friends who we hadn't been able to tell before [they saw] some grainy shot of a ring on her finger."

So no Facebook post and no Instagram photo showing off Sophie's engagement ring? Be careful what you Insta next, everyone. According to Benedict, personal messages should not be delivered via social media.

"I wanted to have some control over the message. I don't Tweet or do social media. It's too impersonal," Benedict told People. "I wanted it to be ours."

He and Sophie are very happy, by the way, and they appreciate how fans are just as delighted.

"One of the most incredible things about getting engaged, which we had no idea would be coming back our way, is the amount of love that just comes flooding back," he added. "I thought it was just all about us declaring that we were in love and getting married, but actually it's the world going, 'We love you too!' It's amazing. Family, friends, the world… it's amazing."

Thank you, Benedict. You're amazing too.

Related: Benedict Cumberbatch melts our hearts as Richard III in 'The Hollow Crown'
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