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Ciara and Russell Wilson are engaged

Lisa Fogarty

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Lisa Fogarty

Lisa Fogarty has written numerous articles for USA Today, The Stir, Opposing Views and other publications. She has covered everything from red carpet events to the discovery of toxic PCBs on school windows. She lives on Long Island, N.Y....

The singer and football player have found their happily ever after

Ciara and Russell Wilson announced they are engaged to be married. 

It's finally happening — Ciara and NFL star Russell Wilson have announced they are engaged to be married. Wilson, a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, recently revealed that he popped the question to the 30-year-old singer, actress, model and record producer (seriously, is there anything Ciara can't do?) while the couple was vacationing in the Seychelles. He gifted her a very lovely and very large diamond ring before sharing a video with friends where he exclaimed, "She said yes! Yeah! Making this thing happen. My baby."

Ciara and Wilson have been dating since April 2015. From the very start, they've seemed totally smitten with one another and on the same page when it comes to their journey together. They attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner with Wilson's grandmother, made things official on the BET Awards red carpet and both have proudly announced they've decided to remain celibate until their wedding night.

That last little tidbit has snagged the lion's share of headlines. Imagine that: a singer best known for the single "Love Sex Magic" saving her love, sex and magic until after vows have been exchanged. Khloé Kardashian had to defend herself against a tirade of angry Ciara fans after she questioned the couple's reasons for announcing they were practicing celibacy, going as far as to say, "it's not like we don't know if she is a virgin or not."

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To her credit, Ciara, who has a one-year-old son named Future Zahir Wilburn with ex-fiancé Future, has chosen not to respond to Kardashian's comment. When you're happy, in love, looking toward the future and have nothing to prove to anyone, why engage in unnecessary drama?

She has, however, had zero problems explaining her reasons for waiting until marriage. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Ciara made it clear that their celibacy vow was Wilson's suggestion: "It's until the deal is sealed. Absolutely. It was an organic thing for him and I think he was just being honest about where we are. It's cool when you get to build a foundation with someone on how much you care for each other and really know each others' personalities, so it's really fun."

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Russell is reportedly treating Ciara's son like his own (sweetness!) and enjoys spending time with the tot and taking him on vacation with them.

Ciara deserves happiness in her life. It seems like she genuinely tried to create a future with Future, but the rapper reportedly cheated on her with his wardrobe consultant, Tyrina Lee. She was forced to call off their engagement just three months after the birth of their son.

All water under the bridge now. Here's to happy times. Congrats to Ciara and Wilson — now let the wedding planning begin.

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