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Amber Rose talks wedding plans (she's already got the dress)

Amber Rose

Amber Rose is showbiz beautiful and well-compensated for it, but don't expect the model to go the celebrity route when it comes to planning her wedding to rapper Wiz Khalifa. 

Rose is manicured-hands-on when it comes to every step of their special day.

"I'm doing everything, baby!" she told the Ministry. "And I want to. I met the love of my life, you know? So this day is amazing."

We caught up with Rose as she prepared to celebrate the inaugural Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Rose is a South Philly girl herself, something she says has a major influence on her big day.

"I've got my dad's side, which is the Italian side, like straight Italiano, which is very family oriented, so I'm reading that into music, procession, reception, bring it on!" she said.

And what about Khalifa, who has an eccentric style all his own?

"He has his ideas, for sure. But I'm the bride. I mean, he has no choice!" 

Rose has already found her dress, but she's keeping designer details (and the wedding date) on lockdown.

She hopped the Wednesday flight with actor Seth Green, pulling up to Philadelphia International Airport, where Richard Branson awaited his aircraft. Later that evening, a welcome party was held at Center City's Palomar Hotel.

Rose was joined by Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz, actor Terrence Howard and director M. Night Shyamalan, part of a group that danced the night away to a set from DJ Jazzy Jeff.  

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Photo: Amber Rose touches down at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday, greeted by Richard Branson, seen behind her to the left. Credit: Michael Buckner / WireImage 



Alec Baldwin, yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas are engaged

Alec Baldwin is engaged to Hilaria Thomas

Alec Baldwin and girlfriend Hilaria Thomas are engaged to be married.

"Alec proposed to Hilaria this weekend & we're all excited 4 the newly engaged couple. AB's birthday's tom'w. Great way 2 celebrate!," Baldwin's rep Matthew Hiltzik said via Twitter on Monday morning after taking a tweet to congratulate the couple.

The actor, who turns 54 on Tuesday, has been dating the 28-year-old yoga instructor since last year. Thomas also co-owns a yoga studio in New York, according to the Huffington Post.

Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger's divorce was final in 2002 after nine years of marriage. He and Thomas moved in together late last year.

Baldwin's daughter Ireland, 16, took to Twitter on Monday morning to wish the couple well, saying, "Congratulations to @AlecBaldwin an @hilariathomas on getting engaged! Love you guys."

Thomas responded: "love you mas xoxo."

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Photo: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas at the 2012 New York Philharmonic spring gala in New York City on March 26. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images


Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez really are engaged, he confirms

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez

Halle Berry may have said a few years back that she would never marry again, but it seems girlfriend wasn't exactly telling the truth -- she is in fact engaged to marry French actor Olivier Martinez, he confirmed over the weekend.

"Yes, of course it’s true," Martinez told Miami.com, clearing up rumors Saturday while promoting his new South Beach restaurant, Villa Azur.

A rep for jeweler Gurhan was saying back in January that the emerald on Berry's ring finger was an engagement ring, and that claim had Martinez a bit miffed -- because the opulent trinket was actually designed by Robert Maslo of Paris, whose family has been making jewelry for "kings and queens for many centuries," he told the website.

In Gurhan's defense, a rep said later that the company couldn't be sure Berry was wearing its design. Guess we know the answer to that question now.

And here's the kind of thing you hear only from the real deal: “The ring is textured and contains codes and symbols which you cannot see ... only the person wearing it can," the jeweler told People exclusively of the emerald and gold bauble, which also has two diamonds. "It's very uncommon. The symbols and codes represent [the couple's] story and only they can interpret it."

Maslo said he didn't realize he was crafting an engagement ring when Martinez approached him last year with the project. Berry and Martinez first stepped out publicly as a couple in October 2010. This will be Berry's third marriage.

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Photos: Halle Berry in 2011; Olivier Martinez in 2008. Credits: European Pressphoto Agency


Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa engaged; 'Love Is Everywhere'

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa, and her engagement ring

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are engaged, they announced Wednesday, sharing a photo of the engagement ring for those who like a peek at the bling.

"She Said Yes!!!," the rapper exclaimed on Twitter, following it up later by saying "Love Is Everywhere," as congratulations flowed in.

"He has made me the Happiest Woman in the World!!!!," the singer and model tweeted.

Khalifa, real name Cameron Thomaz, and Rose, who like her beau is from Pittsburgh, have been dating since early 2011 and collaborated on her debut single earlier this year. According to the New York Post, the two met when he requested a pair of sunglasses from her collection.

Rose was previously involved with Kanye West, and in January blamed their 2010 breakup on Kim Kardashian, who had been dating Reggie Bush.

Check out Rose below talking about love, love, love as the Love Doctor for Billboard's the Juice. Hey, she said they'd be getting married!

 

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Photo: Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose arrive at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Aretha Franklin calls off wedding to Willie Wilkerson

Aretha Franklin with Willie WilkersonAretha Franklin's longtime fans were taken aback when the soul singer announced just after New Year's that over the holidays she'd gotten engaged to be married to longtime companion William "Willie" Wilkerson. Well, those with concerns need not worry about buying wedding gifts just yet — the 69-year-old "Respect" singer has put the brakes on her wedding, which was to have taken place sometime in the summer.

In a statement on her Facebook page, Franklin explained the situation like this: "Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time. We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."

Just a few weeks ago, Franklin, who suffered serious (but unrevealed) health problems in 2010, was giddily discussing her recent weight loss of 85 pounds and her plans to be fitted for a wedding dress by Vera Wang, Valentino or Donna Karan.

It's unclear if longtime friends Franklin and Wilkerson have called off only the wedding or their entire significant-other relationship, but something tells us that after today's announcement, Wang, Valentino and Karan shouldn't waste a lot of time waiting by the phone.

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Photo: Aretha Franklin with William Wilkerson at the after-party for the BET Honors 2012 on Jan. 13. Photo credit: Bennett Raglin / Getty Images.


Halle Berry engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez

Halle Berry is engaged to Olivier Martinez

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Halle Berry is reportedly engaged to French actor Olivier Martinez, whom she met while filming the movie "Dark Tide," a thriller slated for release this year.

The engagement took place over the holidays, a source told Us Weekly, which broke the news, and involved a diamond and emerald ring, according to a rep for jewelry designer Gurhan, speaking to People.

Berry, 45, and Martinez, 46, met during "Dark Tide" production in mid-2010, shortly after Berry's breakup with Gabriel Aubry, and went public as a couple in October of that year. Berry has a 3-year-old daughter, Nahla, from her relationship with Aubry.

It will be a third marriage for Berry, who was previously wed to baseball player David Justice and then R&B singer Eric Benet. She's been unmarried since the divorce from Benet was finalized in 2005, though she dated Aubry for five years. The two wrestled over custody of Nahla, with Aubry finally getting less time with his daughter than he sought.

[For the record, 2 p.m. Jan. 11: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Halle Berry was married first to Eric Benet and then to David Justice. It was the other way around. The post also incorrectly said Berry divorced Justice in 2005. That was the year she divorced Benet.]

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Photo: Halle Berry at the Academy Awards last February. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


Mario Lopez, Courtney Mazza get engaged in Mexico

Courtney Mazza and Mario Lopez are engaged

Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza are finally making it official: The two got engaged in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the New Year's Eve holiday.

"We took a walk alone as the sun was setting," Lopez told Us Weekly. "I told Courtney that I wanted the mother of my children to have their last name."

Actor and TV host Lopez, 38, and dancer Mazza, 28, welcomed baby Gia Francesca Lopez in September 2010.

"She was silent at first from shock," Lopez said of his fiancée, "then she leaped for joy and did a little jeté!"

Hey, we'd do a jeté too if ... wait a second ... mother of his children, plural? Is there something going on we don't now about, Mario?

At any rate, what we do know is that the two are likely to tie the knot in Mexico later this year.

Lopez was previously married to "Doritos girl" Ali Landry, whom he'd dated for years, but that coupling was annulled after two weeks. Landry reportedly had found "really strong evidence" that he'd been unfaithful.

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Photo: Courtney Mazza and Mario Lopez in April. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images



Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel are reportedly engaged

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are reportedly engaged

Is Justin Timberlake ready to give Jessica Biel his last name? That was the talk Wednesday: The on-and-off couple of nearly five years are reportedly engaged.

Timberlake is said to have popped the question over the Christmas holiday in Jackson, Wyo.

"Justin knows how much she loves snowboarding and the mountains, so it was the perfect place," one source told Us Weekly, which claims several insiders have corroborated the proposal. 

After ending another go at their relationship last summer, Timberlake and Biel took up again mid-fall as the actress made rounds with Timberlake promoting his film "In Time." The pair made a public show in November at the GQ Men of the Year party.

The latest make-up sparked a serious discussion, Us says. "When they reunited, they had a conversation about taking the next step," another source tells the mag.

Reps for the couple did not immediately return requests for comment. Biel recently appeared in the ensemble comedy "New Year's Eve." Timberlake spent most of his 2011 promoting various film projects.

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Photo: Jessica Biel nuzzles Justin Timberlake at a 2009 Los Angeles Lakers game. Credit: Agence France-Presse / Getty Images



Aretha Franklin is engaged to Willie Wilkerson

Aretha Franklin is engaged to Willie Wilkerson

Aretha Franklin is engaged to marry longtime friend and confidant William "Willie" Wilkerson, with a Miami Beach wedding likely in the summer.

"No, I'm not pregnant," the 69-year-old "Respect" singer joked Monday in a statement announcing the engagement, which happened over the holidays.

The Queen of Soul has bounced back nicely after a health scare (she had extreme pain in her side) that included surgery in December 2010 and a number of canceled shows. "I had superb doctors and nurses who were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country," she said at the time.

At one point erroneous reports of pancreatic cancer circulated, but Franklin set the record straight last January: No cancer, no she's not telling exactly what happened, but yes, the surgery added 15 to 20 years to her life.

Now that she's lost 85 pounds and feels "fabulous," according to People, it's time to bring on the wedding gown.  She said she's considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design the dress.

It will be Franklin's third marriage.

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Photo: Aretha Franklin in May. Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press


Wynonna Judd engaged to drummer Cactus Moser

Wynonna Judd is engaged to Cactus Moser

"I AM ENGAGED!!!," Wynonna Judd tweeted Thursday night, posting the above photo of herself and fiancé Cactus Moser after their announcement went public earlier in the day.

The prickly proposal (we couldn't resist) from a man Wynonna calls "an AWESOME drummer" was popped on Christmas Eve. The two have been dating for two years.

Moser, a founding member of the country group Highway 101, has been touring with country singer Judd under the billing Wynonna and the Big Noise. And, Wynonna pointed out Thursday evening, they toured together in the '80s -- something she proved with charming photographic evidence.

It will be a third marriage for the five-time Grammy winner. Judd split with her second husband in 2007 and has a teenage son and daughter with her first husband, whom she broke up with in 1998.

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Photo: Cactus Moser and Wynonna Judd in the photo she posted online with the caption "I AM ENGAGED!!!"  Credit: Wynonna Judd / Twitter

 


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