Couples to Watch: Fall 2009

Couples to Watch: Fall 2009
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 17, 2009

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Temperatures may be cooling off, but these celebrity couples are sizzling hot. After months of speculation about their romance, Serena and Common have taken their relationship public, and we love it.

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Gabrielle Union has said without saying she is dating NBA star Dwayne Wade. This summer the two were out and about at various high-profile events, including backstage at the ESSENCE Music Festival.

“So many people have asked me why we’re not like Tony and Eva,” she told ESSENCE, referring to San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and his actress wife, Eva Longoria, a couple that rarely shied away from the cameras, even when they were dating. “My ex-husband Chris and I were everywhere, on red carpets and doing photo shoots at our house. That just puts an added pressure on your relationship, so why would I want to make the same mistake?”

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Lisa Wu and Ed Hartwell are our kind of couple. They value fidelity, affection and fun, and showcase the best of Black love on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” With one son together and Lisa’s two older boys, the two are working on the one thing their money can’t buy—a baby girl.

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Diddy’s protégés Que and Dawn met and fell in love with the cameras rolling on “Making the Band,” and in real life have a serious bond. Thankfully, their relationship has survived the reality TV jinx and we are keeping watch for their duet sure to come.

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When NFL star Thomas Jones stopped by the ESSENCE office recently, his girlfriend actress Megan Good quietly came along, though giving up the spotlight solely to her boo. This down-to-earth couple show how a relationship in the spotlight can be done right.

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What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there! Christina Milian and The-Dream quietly eloped recently, and her loose shirts have fans wondering if their quickie wedding was a prelude to a new baby.

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Most of us were shaking our heads in disbelief while watching Kanye West “acting out” during the MTV VMAs. We also wondered why his girlfriend and date for the evening, Amber Rose, didn’t stop him. We’re anxiously waiting to see which way this train goes in the coming months, because right now it’s moving pretty fast—in the wrong direction if you ask us.

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The sudden divorce filings well into pregnancy. The infidelity accusations. The enormous child and spousal support payments. The photographs appearing lovey dovey in public post breakup. Are Mr. and Mrs. Jones together or not? Most folks can barely keep track of Kelis and Nas’s on-again, off-again again love affair, but we’re sure going to try.

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Diddy has had his fair share of public scrutiny over his love life and perhaps that is why he’s so tight-lipped about his relationship with young pop singer Cassie. We’re waiting to see if they become more vocal about their feelings for one another in the coming months.

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R&B diva Keyshia Cole and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson have become quite the pair. The NBA star appeared in Cole’s music video for her hit single “Trust” and the duo are constantly photographed out and about. As Internet rumors fly of Cole being pregnant, we’re waiting to see what’s next for this young couple in love.

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Lovebirds Lance Gross and Eva Marcille have settled into their engagement, lighting up red carpets around the country and working out details for their summer 2010 wedding.

“I didn’t look for someone who worked in the business and I honestly thought it wouldn’t be a good match, but it is,” she told

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As we all quietly cheered, a newly natural Tyra Banks found love with beau John Utendahl, the founder of the largest Black-owned investment banking group, and began showing PDA earlier this year. Could this item be getting hitched anytime soon? Either way, we’ll be watching these two on the streets of New York as the leaves turn brown.

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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson inspires us all as she continues to cope with her loss and blossom into motherhood. Thank goodness she has her fiancé, Harvard Law hottie David Otunga, by her side for encouragement and support. Could they finally jump the broom this fall?

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News of a romance between musical magicians Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz has been circulating for months. Still, there’s no official word on their courtship. Stay tuned to for the updated scoop on this duo and all the other featured couples.

Which couple are you rooting for this season?