As we recover from New Year's Eve celebrations and return to our real world routines, we wonder just what our favorite celebs have been up to. From four huge engagements to one rumored divorce and the brand new “Bachelor” premiere, it seems love really is in the air so far this year. No need to run out and stock up on all new gossip mags, because we dug up the juiciest celebrity stories just for you.
Discover the top five celebrity headline stories of the week
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Engagement
While many thought this famous duo was headed for splits-ville after their three month break in 2011, it appears the naysayers were completely wrong. Us Magazine revealed that Justin Timberlake proposed to Jessica Biel in late December, on a snowboarding trip to Wyoming. After four and a half years of dating, the talented two are now dedicated to taking their relationship to a new level.
Mario Lopez & Courtney Mazzo Engagement
Mario Lopez, host of “Extra,” proposed to Courtney Mazzo during New Year’s weekend and the lucky lady accepted his offer. The engagement doesn’t come as too large of a surprise since the pair has been together since 2008 and are parents to two-year old Gia. Lopez revealed to Us Weekly that he popped the question in Ixtapa, Mexico and “told Courtney that I wanted the mother of my children to have their last name.”
LeBron James & Savannah Brixton Engagement
Basketball star LeBron James had a special New Year’s Eve surprise for his longtime girlfriend: a huge pear-shaped diamond ring! They were at a REMY MARTIN V dinner at the Shelborne Hotel in South Beach when the Miami Heat player asked for Brixton’s hand in marriage. James and Brixton have been together since the age of 16 and have two children.
Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto Engagement
Michael Jordan, the icon and mogul of basketball, recently announced his engagement to girlfriend of three years, Yvette Prieto. The proposal occurred over Christmas weekend and is hitting the gossip world as we speak. Jordan ended his previous marriage with Juanita Vacoy in 2006. It seems that love was found once more as Jordan rings in the New Year with his engagement to Cuban model Prieto.
Russell Brand Denies Split with Katy Perry
The internet and magazines have been flooding with news that Katy Perry and Russell Brand have officially called it quits by filing for divorce. However, that seems to not be the case. Brand was recently quoted in Us Magazine as saying “I’ve treated the whole internet like it’s a wicked little liar. Yeah. I am really happily married…perpetually; til death do us part was the pledge.” Katy has also been defending the marriage via Twitter. While they are still technically married, only the future can show what will happen next.
Bonus: The Bachelor is Back
Season 7 “Bachelorette” runner-up Ben Flajnik gets another chance on Season 16 of “The Bachelor,” which premiered on Monday, Jan. 2nd. Let the awkward dates, catty girls, and dramatic rose ceremonies begin! As 25 potential future wives vie for Ben’s affections, tensions rise between the hopeless romantics. Full of tears, dirty looks, and plans of sabotage, it’s a season not to be missed. Learn more new winter TV shows
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