With a slew of recent pregnancy and engagement announcements, it appears to be the season of romance for celebrity couples. LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are the latest couple to take on the relationship milestone by announcing their engagement on Monday (December 27), according to People magazine.
"Yes, they were engaged over the holidays and are very happy," a rep for Rimes said in a statement. A source tells the mag that while the duo spent Christmas at home in Los Angeles, they did have family and close friends in town to celebrate the momentous occasion.
On Monday, the pair was spotted on a Malibu beach, where the blond songstress was seen wearing her new engagement ring. According to the source, the couple wanted the ring to have "an antique feel, but a new ring." Rimes, Cibrian and the actor's childhood friend Brent Polacheck collectively designed the platinum band, which bears a 5-carat oval diamond set in the middle of a rose gold fleur-de-lis.
The singer/songwriter took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share the big news with her fans. "Thank you for all your well wishes!!" she wrote. "We are extremely excited and look forward to a beautiful future. It's been an incredible last few days. I was shocked!!! We are blessed, our families are so happy and our lives are filled with love. It was nice to have our little secret for us, our families and friends a few days! So excited to now share the wonderful news with our fans."
The 28-year-old songstress gave a shout-out to her publicist, who also serves as representation for Natalie Portman. The "Black Swan" actress also had big news to share by announcing her engagement and pregnancy Monday. "So funny, my dear publicist is the same rep for Natalie Portman and me. So much for his vacation lol!!! Love you Rhett!!!!!" Rimes tweeted.
However, the duo's road to engagement hasn't always been smooth sailing. Both Rimes and Cibrian were married when they first met each other during the filming of the Lifetime original movie "Northern Lights." The affair made headlines, but the singer stuck to her guns saying, "That's just not me. What happened is not who I am, period. ... You had two couples whose marriages didn't work who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love."
After the duo separately finalized their divorces, there was nothing but love on the horizon. In November, engagement rumors sparked after Cibrian tweeted a photo of himself on bended knee holding Rimes' hand before a sign that read "White Chapel Lunatic Asylum."