New Year is a time of reflection and time for change and celebrities are no different. Here we look at the celebrities who have realised how important their relationships are and those who are adding to their family.
Engagements, Weddings and Babies
When Reese Witherspoon started dating her agent last year, many thought that it would just be a rebound relationship after her split from Jake Gyllenhaal however it seems that this one is set to be longer term. Jim Toth was spotted out looking for rings in December and sure enough, he popped the question over the holiday period.Reese was previously married to actor Ryan Phillipe with whom she has two children, Ava, 11 and Deacon, seven. Ryan was quick to congratulate the couple saying: ‘I’m very happy for both Reese and Jim.’
Lily Allen may have had a horrible 2010 after suffering from a second miscarriage but her boyfriend Sam Cooper is determined to show her that 2011 will be so much better. The builder and decorator got down on one knee and asked the singer to be his wife. The pair were holidaying in Bali when Sam decided that the time was right to propose. Although a source told The Sun ‘she had no idea Sam was going to propose, she said “Yes” instantly.’ Lily’s half sister Sarah Owens also revealed recently that Lily and Sam were ready to try for another baby. ‘She is determined to be a mum,’ Sarah said.
For Natalie Portman, Black Swan may not only give her an Oscar but it has also given her a fiancé! French ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied acted as choreographer on the film and helped Natalie portray a prima ballerina as her dance partner on screen. Romance blossomed for the couple and the pair have announce they are engaged and expecting a baby!
Big Love actress Ginnifer Goodwin has also got engaged to her boyfriend of two years actor, Joey Kern. ‘We couldn’t be happier than to celebrate our engagement over the holidays with our families,’ announced the couple in a joint statement. In a romantic gesture, Kern proposed to Ginnifer with a ring that he had designed himself
Funnyman James Corden has popped the question to his pregnant girlfriend Julia Carey. The couple, who are expecting their first child in March, jetted off to the Maldives to celebrate and are set to marry by the end of the year. James proposed on Christmas day after first asking permission from Julia’s father. ‘He had a ring specially cut – a gorgeous diamond baguette – and put it in a box at the bottom of her stocking, right next to the satsuma and chocolate coins,’ a source told The Mirror.
A relationship doesn’t get much more complicated than that of Shania Twain and Frederic Thiebaud. The pair became close after Shania’s husband Robert ‘Mutt’ Lang ran off with her best friend, Frederic’s wife. They leant on each other for and last month Shania revealed that Frederic had asked her to marry him. Rather than waiting around, Shania and Frederic have already tied the knot in a sunset ceremony in Puerto Rico on New Year’s day.
It is just as well that Amanda Holden hasn’t had a lot of TV work recently otherwise keen eyes may have noticed that the actress and presenter was looking a little thicker around the middle. She made the shock announcement at the weekend that she was six months pregnant with her second child. The Britain’s Got Talent judge revealed that she and husband Chris Hughes are expecting a baby boy. The couple already have a four-year-old daughter Lexi.
Elton John also shocked fans by announcing that he and partner David Furnish had become daddies to a baby boy over Christmas. ‘For many years we have talked about fulfilling one of our greatest wishes by becoming parents,’ Elton said. ‘And now this wish has been granted to us, we feel so blessed and lucky.’ Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who was born to a surrogate in America, will be very lucky indeed not wanting for anything, travelling the world and with a series of A-list godparents that could include the Beckhams and Elizabeth Hurley.
The Queen has become a great grandmother after Autumn Kelly, the Canadian wife of her grandson Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, gave birth to a baby girl. The girl, who the couple have named Savannah, is 12th in line to the throne.