The Queen of Soul is readying herself to walk down the aisle a third time this summer in Miami. Aretha Franklin is officiallyÂ engaged to her main man, Willie Wilkerson, her rep announced just yesterday. “Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown.” Straight to the best, of course. Before any rumors start, Aretha also stated, “No, I’m not pregnant.” It’s all about the love here, peeps. Congratulations to the happy couple!
We’re going to start the new year with some happy, love-filled news because we’re sentimental like that. LeBron James is now engaged to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson and chose to pop the question in style at a New Year’s Eve party. The bash was hosted by LeBron’s teammate Dwyane Wade and girlfriend Gabrielle Union and was held at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach, Miami. Right after asking him to marry her, LeBron picked up their children — LeBron Jr. and Bryce, who are 7 and 4 respectively — and took them for a twirl around the dance floor. The celebration was a double whammy: It was also a belated birthday party for LeBron, who had turned 27 the day before. Congratulations, you two!
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On the surface of things, a 63-year-old man proposing to his lady friend of five years doesn’t seem all that surprising, right? When it comes to singer Steven Tyler’s engagement to girlfriend Erin Brady, however, his friends and family are allegedly acting like he’s a high school senior proposing with his grandmother’s ring. According to TMZ, some of Tyler’s family members are vocally miffed that they did not know about the proposal until after the American Idol judge popped the question. What, did they think Steven was just going to run down the clock on this one? Dodge the matrimonial bullet on the technicality of death?
As you may have suspected if you’ve ever been to a tense family engagement party, the underlying issue at hand doesn’t seem to be the unexpectedness of the proposal, so much as the woman on the receiving end of the rock. “She’s just not nice,” a source sniffs about Brady, while another adds, “She’s just been mean to the family.” In their defense, rumors of Brady’s negative influence on Tyler abound, not least in part due her participation in a club brawl back in 2007. Unfortunately, unless Erin was the mastermind behind Steven Tyler’s shower fall (or something equally as horrifying), the Aerosmith frontman is free to get down on his rickety knees in front of any long-term girlfriend he pleases.
John Legend and lady love Chrissy Teigen are about to make beautiful, seductive music together … forever. Kicking off the yearly surge of engagements that flow like waterfalls from December 25 deep into January, the singer’s rep, Cindi Berger, reported to People, “John Legend and his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen, got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives.” Of course they did; you know John Legend isn’t about to pop the question in a Taco Bell drive-thru.
No future details are available about how the “Save Room” crooner proposed to his girlfriend of three years, but we’re 96 percent sure it involved a billowing silk shirt, a half bottle of shiraz and some light sprawling across the top of a white baby grand piano. Congratulations to the insanely gorgeous couple!
Let’s all say it at once: if only BritBit had married the other Jason Alexander. George might have called Britney Spears’ engagement to Jason Trawick “fake,” but at least he’d have the decency to do it behind her back/ while enjoying some delicious rice pudding with Jerry at the diner. Spears’ real-life ex, however has gone directly to the media with his allegations. “I know everyone wants me to be happy about this, but I am not,” Alexander told Us about his ex-wife’s impending nuptials. “I think it’s fake and I think people are afraid to say it.” To be fair, we’re guessing the man who was married to Britney for less than three days would know from fake. Can we get KFed in here to show the boy how to act right?
This isn’t the first time Britney’s first husband has gone after after Trawick, either. Last December Jason Alexander even alleged domestic violence; â€œBritney is in an abusive relationship. She told me her life had turned into a nightmare,” he told Star. “Sort of a nice way to sew it all up she marries her handler,” Husband #1 snarks now, referring to Trawick’s former role as Spears’ manager. “That way she always has someone controlling her. It’s sort of sad.” Can we as a culture just collectively agree to pretend she married the other Jason Alexander? Just change Britney’s Wiki article and our children will never know the difference!
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We’re not going to lie: even now some part of our lizard brain recoils from Kevin Federline. It’s not entirely our fault! Remember “Popozao”? Remember Britney’s unpleasantness with the umbrella? Even four years and a half years after their divorce, our minds have a hard time wrapping themselves around the fact that KFed is…is…is actually a nice guy! “I’m really happy for her,” Kevin told Australia’s TV Week about Britney Spears’ engagement to Jason Trawick. “She’s happy; she’s doing really well. I want to say she’s in a good place.” About Trawick himself, Federline adds, “I’ve spoken to him quite a few times as of now. He seems like a really good guy. The kids speak highly of him [and] her family loves him.” But…those Frappacinos years! Defenses…weakening. Hatred for KFed…dissipating.
Federline, who is currently shooting the celeb weight loss show Excess Baggage Down Under, is currently canoodling with girlfriend Victoria Prince, with whom he had baby Jordan Key in August. “She’s more than I could ever have hoped for,” Kevin said of his lady love. “Hopefully Britney feels the same way.” Oh wow, that is sweet. Hmm, now if only we could figure out what would get us past his egregious performance of “Lost Control” at Teen Choice Awards in 2006? Oh right…KFed’s also a good father to their sons Jayden James and Sean Preston. Wow, it feels good to let go.
Britney Spears is engaged, y’all! Somewhere, K-Fed wipes away a single tear … with a Subway meatball footlong. People has confirmed the rumors that have been swirling since yesterday: Spears and boyfriend Jason Trawick are locking it down.Â Britney and her husband-to-be Jason allegedly pledged their eternal devotion to each other last night in L.A. while celebrating Trawick’s birthday. “OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!! Xxo,” Britney teased earlier today on Twitter. Meanwhile, Spears’ other husband Jason Alexander is probably … Oh, who cares? BritBrit’s getting hitched! Breakout the bridesmaids tracksuits!
The two have been dating since 2009, and this past March, Spears paid Trawick what is probably the highest complement Britney can give a man she’s dating: While visiting Ryan Seacrest‘s show, she referred to their relationship as â€œreally normal.â€ Hey, as long as Jason doesn’t start recording a remix of “Popozao” or profess his affections only in front of an Elvis impersonator, they have our blessings.
If TMZ‘s reports are correct, then pop the champagne, because Britney Spears is getting engaged to boyfriend Jason Tracwick. You heard correctly — getting. The site reports that multiple close sources claim that Jason is going to get down on bended knee and asking Brit-Brit to marry him … tonight! Those high pitched sounds you hear are of us squeeing. Apparently, the singer already knows about the plan, set to go down in Las Vegas. Which was also the site of her incredibly short marriage to Jason Alexander, if memory serves correctly. If this story is true, then things really do come full circle!
Sources also told the site that her conservators are in the know and have already approved of them getting married. As per their information, Jason asked Britney’s father for her hand in marriage. And here’s how this is really a modern day fairy tale: There will be a prenup, of course. Looks like we’ll have to keep our eyes and ears peeled to see if it really does unfold tonight. If it does, then can we be the first to say congratulations, guys!
Congrats are due to Rosie O’Donnell! The 49-year-old announced on her new OWN Network show that she’s engaged to Michelle Rounds. Her publicist told Us Weekly that The Rosie Show host will wed her lady love over the Christmas holiday. Rosie was previously married to longtime partner Kelli Carpenter, with whom she has four children. They split in 2007.
In October, Rosie called into The Howard Stern Show and gushed about her relationship with Rounds, telling Stern that marriage was “in the cards.” She also compared her to Julianne Moore (hawt!) and said her kids already introduced her as their “step-mom.” Now we just want to know if the comic superstar is gonna to drop the O’Donnell in favor of ‘Rosie Rounds.’ It’s the cutest name ever — we say embrace it!
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Anne Hathaway has come a long way from the young woman with grotesque fake eyebrows in The Princess Diaries. As of today, however, Anne can start preparing for her latest role (Smug Married #5), seeing as how she’s officially engaged to her beau of three years Adam Shulman. But who is Mr.Â Shulman, anyway, in addition to being a total babe and confident enough in his masculinity to date a literal supervillian? Learn a little more about the man who Hathaway will have extremely pale, charismatic babies with (we hope!):
- Has starred in a Dukes Of Hazzard movie: Bestowing upon him the honor of co-starring alongside Mr. Willie Nelson, Adam’s most prominent acting role (of the, um, four he’s done) would be Deputy Enos Strate in the TV movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. Adam and Anne didn’t start dating until 2008, so this was clearly not the work of nepotism. Clearly.
- Has worked with Brittany Snow: As well as his episode turn on The West Wing in 2006 (we’re sure he killed it as Youth Voter #1), Adam had a seven episode run guest starring as Paul O’Bannon on the period family drama American Dreams, which was set in the tumultuous ’60s, back in 2005. He pre-Mad Men‘ed Mad Men!
- Makes jewelry!: Earlier this year Adam started a jewelry line James Banks Design with partner Heidi Nahser Fink; their pieces appear to be delightfully light bulb- and butterfly-centric. Shockingly, Anne’s engagement ring was designed by Kwiat Heritage, her rep says, though maybe Adam’s planning to blow her away with a butterfly-light bulb masterpiece at the ceremony.
- May have gotten up to some low-level thievery: Shulman got into trouble last year after he and some friends swiped a piece of street art pained by graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash in NYC. After Hathaway’s ex Raffaello Follieri, though, anything short of a felony must seem ring-worthy. What with all the swindling investors and whatnot.
- Saw Hathaway’s Oscar hosting gig and loves her anyway: Is there any greater act of love than that? Hey, don’t cry, James Franco. One day. One day.