According to Reuters, James Gandolfini, star of HBO’s hit drama series The Sopranos, is engaged to long time girlfriend Deborah Lin. The news was announced by Gandolfini’s manager on Thursday, January 10, 2008. This will be the second marriage for Gandolfini, who divorced from his wife Marcy in 2002 after 4 years of marriage.
James Gandolfini played the mobster Tony Soprano on the series that ended its run last year. He is no stranger to serious relationships. After his divorce in 2002, he was engaged in 2004 to Lora Somoza until 2005, when they ended their relationship. Unlike the divorce from his wife, which was rumored to have been quite messy, their break-up was referred to by imdb as “amicable.” He has been dating Deborah Lin for two years, according the Reuters. They have not announced a date for the wedding yet.
Gandolfini isn’t the only celebrity taking the plunge in 2008.
Fergie and her longtime boyfriend, actor Josh Duhamel from Las Vegas, confirmed their engagement to People Magazine on December 26, 2007. The couple has been together for three years now, and after several rumored break-ups and engagements, it looks like the news is finally official. A decision about the wedding date has not been announced yet.
Jessica Alba isn’t only with child-she’s now with engagement ring, too. Alba’s spokesman announced on December 26th to People Magazine that she and her boyfriend Cash Warren are engaged. Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have been dating since 2004. The couple is expecting their first child in 2008. The couple haven’t set a date for the wedding yet.
A fourth high profile celebrity engagement ringing in 2008 is that of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome to actress Jennifer Siebel. Like Gandolfini, this will be the second marriage for Newsom, who divorced after four years of marriage as well. People Magazine reports that Newsom and Siebel were set up on a blind date in 2006. Apparently there is hope for blind dates, after all! The couple has not set a date yet for their wedding.
Between the recent engagements of celebrities James Gandolfini, Gavin Newsom, Jessica Alba, and Fergie, it looks like 2008 is already shaping up to be the year of the celebrity engagement. With rumors already swirling around Ashlee Simpson and her beau Pete Wentz and the recently reconciled couple Prince William and Kate Middleton, fans are curiously waiting to see who’ll be next.
People; Fergie and Josh Duhamel Engaged; http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20168269,00.html
People; Jessica Alba Engaged!; http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20168345,00.html
People; S.F Mayor Newsom Engaged to Jennifer Siebel; http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20168714,00.html