Amar’e Stoudemire if officially off the market. The NBA player announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend and mother of his three children, Alexis Welch, via twitter.
He wrote, “Paris, the food, & lights were very romantic. When she said yes, it was surreal. I’m still floating. #engaged #blessed“
Amar’e, 29 and Alexis have been dating, on and off, for about 10 years. This may explain why the athlete’s very short courtship with singer Ciara didn’t last.
According to People.com, Amar’e proposed with a 8.5-carat radiant-cut diamond ring, worth $1 million, in their penthouse suite at Le Meurice Hotel. Overlooking the Eiffel Towel of course. The setting has 3.50 carats of flawless diamonds set in 18-carat white gold. And he surprised her with the proposal after spending the day taking in a private tour of the city and a romantic dinner.
“I have been planning my proposal for a while and overlooking the entire Paris skyline seemed like a perfect place. I am so happy she said ‘yes,’ and now we can continue to build our life together as husband and wife,” Stoudemire told PEOPLE from Paris.
Here’s another photo of the couple enjoying their time in Paris.
Alexia and Amar’e are planning a Spring 2013 wedding ceremony. Congratulations!