It seemed like every day for the past couple of months a new celebrity couple was getting engaged! The holidays have been good to these twosomes, many of whom are now planning their big days after Christmas and New Year's Eve proposals. Whether they are young or old, have been dating for years or months, have children or are planning to, we're happy to see love in the air! We all love a love story with a happy ending, so let's look at how these couples came to this special moment in their lives.
Shirtless wonder Matthew McConaughey met Brazilian model Camila Alves in 2006. Five years and two children together later, Matthew popped the question to Camila on Christmas day.
After her rocky relationship ended with jailbird Raffaello Follieri, we were happy to see Anne Hathaway dating a "normal" guy — actor and jewelry designer Adam Shulman. The actress has been dating the Brown alum since 2008, but Anne told Vogue that it took a long time for them to get together, since they both assumed the other was already paired up. I guess it was worth the wait; they were engaged in November!
Third time's a charm for 69-year-old soul singer Aretha Franklin, as she announced her engagement to her long-time love William Wilkerson this month. The "forever friends" were featured on the cover of Jet magazine in 1987 as a new couple. According to the Daily Telegraph, Franklin met the former firefighter when she signed his leg cast in Detroit.
Britney Spears is making a comeback in more ways than one! After being unlucky in love with her kids' dad, Kevin Federline, the musician began dating her former agent Jason Trawick in 2009. Then he proposed to her on his 40th birthday this past December.
We all swooned for Chris O'Dowd's Bridesmaids cop character, but apparently we aren't the only ones who love him. The Irish actor began dating his girlfriend, British TV personality Dawn Porter, after they met on her 30th birthday in 2009. Chris proposed to Dawn the day after Christmas, announcing the big engagement news on Twitter by saying, "I'm so bored of all this happiness and sex. I'm getting married. #engaged."
We're rooting for twice-divorced Drew Barrymore to find love this go-around, as the actress announced her fifth engagement earlier this month. On a holiday vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho, Drew got engaged to her art consultant boyfriend Will Kopelman, who she's been dating since February.
Another star of Bridesmaids got engaged recently! In December, Ellie Kemper announced her engagement on Conan to her boyfriend of several years, Michael Koman, a former writer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She knew he was a keeper when her grandpa gave her the "other fish in the sea" talk right in front of him at Thanksgiving and he didn't bolt!
Hot crooner John Legend proposed to our girl crush supermodel Chrissy Teigen over the holidays while on vacay in the Maldives. The adorable pair have been dating since 2007, and Chrissy dished to Sports Illustrated on the relationship, saying, "I think we understand each other's schedules. You're busy, they're busy. I don't know if I could go back to a normal guy at this point. I need someone who's driven and gone all the time."
The Hills star Kristin Cavallari had only been dating Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler 10 months when the pair called off their engagement this Summer. But as of December, the engagement is back on, and Kristin told People the love never went away. She said, "We didn't break up because of love lost. We loved each other just as much as we always did when we weren't together."
At a party celebrating New Year's Eve and his 27th birthday, Miami Heat star LeBron James popped the question to Savannah Brinson, his high school sweetheart and mother to his two children. LeBron opened up about his relationship to Harper's Bazaar, saying, "A person like myself always needs a great sidekick and a person you can rely on no matter the circumstances. And she's that. She's got my back, and I love her for that."
Rosie O'Donnell had been engaged for months with girlfriend Michelle Rounds before making the official engagement announcement on her show in December. The TV star met her fiancée at a Starbucks early 2011 and joked that her "gaydar" must have been off because she thought Michelle was a 28-year-old straight woman, when she was really a 40-year-old gay woman.