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Amanda Knox is engaged: 7 Interesting things about her relationship

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Amanda Knox's fiancé has a ghoulish hobby and it's kind of unnerving

Amanda Knox, who has been under international scrutiny for an Italian murder case that has polarized the public, has something positive to focus on: She's engaged. Here are seven things about the news you should know.

1. Her fiancé is a musician

Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a member of the New York-based band, the Johnny Pumps. It is unclear how active the group is, though, as their website has not been updated with new show dates since October 2013 — but a Facebook post dated Feb. 11, 2015, says they are working on new songs and booking shows. In the meantime, here's one of their videos:

2. They've known each other forever

Knox and Sutherland met in middle school, but didn't start dating until recently. They maintained their friendship throughout Knox's imprisonment for the murder of her former roommate, Meredith Kercher, by writing letters to each other.

3. She has a thing for musicians

Knox split from Seattle musician, James Terrano, last year and hooked up with Sutherland while spending the summer of 2014 in New York. It must be a case of like attracts like, as Knox is also in a creative field: She works as a freelance writer and editor, and received a degree in creative writing from the University of Washington.

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4. The couple's betrothal is a hot topic on Twitter

Leave it to the internet to make tasteless jokes about both a huge milestone and a tragic murder.

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5. Sutherland may love Knox for ghoulish reasons

One of his bandmates describes Sutherland as "a rock and roll musician, a seeker of truth and a spiritual being," and he is a self-professed ghost hunter who is trying to crowdsource funds to travel the world and play shows in supposedly haunted venues. It's easy to see how someone with such macabre interests could be pulled towards a woman accused of a particularly heinous murder.

6. Raffaele Sollecito had no idea this happened

Knox's ex-boyfriend and co-accused had no idea she was engaged until a member of the press approached his family for a statement. "Neither of us knew about it," his father told the Seattle Times. "But then Raffaele has not spoken to her lately. He is not in regular contact with her. But if it is true, then he is happy for her, it's evident that she has found the right person. We are very happy for her."

7. Knox's future is still uncertain

Despite her happy news, Knox still faces a future no bride-to-be wants to consider. Her original murder conviction, which was overturned on appeal, was reinstated by an Italian court and now faces a final appeal in Italy. If the conviction stands, she could be extradited to serve a long prison term. Knox has said in the past that she will never willingly return to the country and will become a fugitive if it comes down to it. Not exactly the makings of happily ever after.

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