Pete told The Advocate's LGBTQ&A podcast in 2019 that he thought he started the conversation but didn't remember. "He was pretty witty.
We were talking about Game of Thrones," he said. "We were talking about...I was laid up and recovering from an injury and so I had a lot of time just hanging out on my phone, and I could just tell by the chatting that he was somebody special and that I wanted to meet him."Chasten later revealed that the pair went to dinner for their first date, which was originally opposed to be coffee.
He was living in Chicago at the time and commuting to South Bend to see Pete.In a story he has referred to often since being nominated for Transportation Secretary, Pete proposed to Chasten at Chicago's O'Haire International Airport in 2017.