New York Knicks superstar Amar’e Stoudemire is officially retiring his bachelor jeresey and eyeing down the married life after proposing to longtime girlfriend Alexis Welch in the City of Love this past weekend.
According to reports, Stat made his proposal Saturday (June 2) night in Paris.
Amare Stoudemire is engaged to Alexis Welch after proposing to the mother of his three children in Paris Saturday night. While overlooking the Eiffel Tower outside of their penthouse at Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile Royal Suite around 11 p.m. local time, Stoudemire showed Welch an 8.5-carat radiant-cut ring, worth more than $1 million. The Knicks power forward designed the ring with Los Angeles-based celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar. (AOL Sporting News)
Stoudemire said he had envisioned the entire setting in advance of Saturday’s proposal.
“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. (People)
A fixture in New York since joining the Knicks in 2010, Stoudemire previously denied speculation claiming he was dating hip-hop video vixen Amber Rose.
“I mean, we friends,” Amar’e told radio host Angie Martinez when asked about his relationship with Rose. “We’re pretty good friends. She’s a buddy of mine. It all depends on what you call dating. I think we’re not dating, we’re friends. We’re buddies, we’re mutual friends. She’s a cool girl to talk to. I’m pretty sure she feels the same way about myself. [Engagement rumors?] That’s totally not true. No fiancee. No boo. No wifey. None of that. Hopefully one day. But I do got kids and a baby’s mama. We’re friends…” (Hot 97)
Stoudemire’s New York Knicks made noise over the past season with the birth of “Lin-sanity” and introducing the nickname, “Mob Deep.”
Prodigy said that while the duo has used some sports references in their songs, they’ve never been associated with sports in this kind of manner. “I’ve heard them play our music before at different games, maybe during the highlights on the news and certain things like that,” he told ESPNNewYork.com. “But this is the first time where the team actually called something ‘Mobb Deep.’ That’s the Knicks. That’s what’s up.” (ESPN)