Amar’e Stoudemire Pops The Question To Longtime Girlfriend!!
Good for Amar’e Stoudemire for doing the right thing!! The New York Knicks star popped the question to his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his 3 children, Alexis Welch, on Saturday night in Paris. According to PEOPLE:
“Stoudemire asked Welch for her hand in marriage while overlooking the Eiffel Tower lights outside of their penthouse at Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite at 11 p.m. local time. He surprised her with a dinner after they spent the day taking a private historical tour of Paris that included stops at the Louvre and other landmarks.
‘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.”
Amar’e presented Alexis, whom he met in 2002, with an 8.5-carat radiant-cut ring that he designed with celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar. Apparently, the newly engaged couple was on a break in 2011 when Amar’e enjoyed a brief dalliance with Ciara. But not long after the “Goodies” singer confirmed the relationship in an interview in May of that year, it became clear that things between them had cooled down when the duo began being photographed on red carpets sans the other. By July, the NBA baller was photographed on the red carpet at the ESPY Awards with Alexis on his arm, and the rest, as they say, is history. Congrats to the happy couple!!