Couples to Watch: Summer 2009

Couples to watch
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 04, 2009

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As the temperature heats up, so are the love lives of some of our fave celebs.

Former ESSENCE Do Right Man Lance Gross gave girlfriend Eva Marcille a Christmas gift last year she will never forget: an engagement ring. They’ve yet to set a date, but they’re strongly considering summer nuptials in 2010.

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R&B diva Keyshia Cole and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson have been photographed together appearing quite “friendly” as of late. Here, they hang tight after one of Cole’s shows.

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Lovebirds Christina Milian and The-Dream continue to keep fans captivated with their relationship, including rumors they are engaged. The trendy duo have been joined at the hip for weeks and are having a blast from the beach to Broadway.

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It seems the Year of the Gentleman concluded with Ne-Yo settling down with girlfriend Tenille. The two dance the night away in Prague, where the singer and producer is on set for his new film.

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A year later, we still can’t keep our eyes off newlyweds Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey. This summer we’re keeping our eyes and ears open to the possibility of a mini Mariah or Nick Jr.

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Diddy and his Bad Boy artist Cassie have yet to publicly acknowledge their relationship status, but the pictures are saying a thousand words. The two were photographed kissing in Central Park a few months back and continue to hang close as they party around the globe.

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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson inspires us all as she copes with her loss. Thank goodness she has her fiance, Harvard Law hottie David Otunga, by her side for encouragement and support. Could they be jumping the broom this summer?

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Rihanna and Canadian hip-hop hopeful Aubrey “Drake” Graham have kept the rumor mill spinning these last few weeks. The two were spotted stealing kisses in a popular NYC hot spot last month. But the verdict is still out on whether or not these two are really an item.

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Looks like Mr. Drake is keeping himself pretty busy on U.S. soil. In addition to allegedly spending QT with Rihanna, the newcomer has also been linked to another tastemaker: singer/rapper Teyana Taylor. When photos of the twosome looking very cozy surfaced on the Web, chatter ensued. However, Taylor and Drake are reportedly just good friends.

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Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom have been out and about together this spring, so we’re keeping a close eye on the duo this summer. Henson recently attended one of Odom’s Playoff games in L.A. So, this busy single mom still makes time to show support for that special someone in her life. We like!

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Although her first marriage didn’t work out, Star Jones hasn’t given up on love. The legal eagle turned media personality has been courting NYC executive chef Herb Wilson and seems blissful about the possibilities. Here, the gorgeous couple pose for the paparazzi at the 135th Annual Kentucky Derby this spring.

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“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks met her match with singer-songwriter Steph Jones. The couple hit up the Lakers-Rockets game in L.A. last month. Though they were rooting for different teams, they both went home winners.

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Terrence Howard and gal pal Zulay Henao are going strong and were even rumored to get engaged last week. Howard is living life to the fullest and it seems he’s found a love of his own to take along for the journey.

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“Who’s that girl?” asked thousands when Amber Rose popped up on the arm of Kanye West earlier this year. Though rumors are swirling that the pair split after Amber hooked up with rapper Cassidy, gossip may not be enough to keep these two a part.

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After revealing her desire to settle down, Tyra Banks found love with beau John Utendahl, the founder of the largest Black-owned investment banking group. We’ll be watching these two on the busy streets of New York this summer.

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