“I Deserved That Ring!” Stars Who Kept, Sold And Gave Back Their Engagement Rings

May 29, 2018  |  
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According reports, Mariah Carey has finally rid herself of the ring from her short-lived engagement to billionaire James Packer. Worth an estimated $10 million, the music legend reportedly sold it for $2 million. That’s a huge gap in profit, but hey, considering she didn’t pay for it in the first place, and initially said “Why?” at the idea of giving the ring back, it’s still a significant come-up.

Carey may have kept the ring to eventually sell it (she did wear it just because after the couple split in 2016), some have kept their rings because they felt they deserved them, while others, who wanted no parts of their exes, actually gave them back. Hit the flip to see who did what and let us know where you stand on who should keep the ring when an engagement ends.


Nicole Murphy

The 50-year-old beauty told Wendy Williams recently that the ring she received from former fiancé Michael Strahan is still in her possession, despite their engagement ending in 2014.

“We were together for 8 years,” she said. “We got engaged 2 years in. But guess what, I kept the ring. Yes I did! I deserved that ring!”


Evelyn Lozada

The Basketball Wives star and Carl Crawford ended their engagement in 2017, and sources at the time said she was keeping the ring and planned to pass it on to her kids in the future for financial cushion. She confirmed the rumors in the new season of the reality show, saying that because she wasn’t the cause of their breakup, she didn’t need to give the ring back.



According to reports, before she found happily ever after with Russell Wilson, Ciara returned the engagement ring she was given by former fiancé Future. The former couple split in 2014 and she had no desire to keep the 15-carat emerald-cut engagement ring that was worth $500,000.



During an interview with Wendy Williams in 2015, Brandy revealed that the ring she received from former fiancé Ryan Press was no longer in her possession.

“I don’t have the ring,” she said. And when an audience member shouted out that “She pawned it!” the star responded by laughing and snapping her finger in the air. It’s not clear if that is what she actually did, but she sure didn’t shut down the idea.


Selita Ebanks

When there were reports that the engagement ring Nick Cannon gave Mariah Carey was eerily similar to the one he’d given former fiancée Selita Ebanks, she responded through her rep by saying she gave back the 12-carat white diamond ring, and she had nothing but well-wishes for the pair — no matter what he did with the ring.


Naya Rivera

When Naya Rivera and Big Sean split in 2013, according to TMZ, by the time she wed (now ex-husband) Ryan Dorsey in 2014 (months after their breakup), she hadn’t given back her engagement ring from her relationship with the rapper.


Alexis Phifer

Alexis Phifer reportedly returned the Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring given to her by Kanye West after they broke up in 2008. In the same vein as Mariah and Selita, people said there was a resemblance between Phifer’s ring, and the one he gave wife Kim Kardashian. However, Schwartz seemed to clarify that Kim’s ring was specially made.


Erica Dixon

The ring the Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star was given by former fiancé Scrappy was eventually pawned by Dixon. At the time, the rapper was in jail and she wanted to ensure that their daughter, Emani, was well taken care of in the mean time, so she got rid of the ring and walked away with $15,000.


Jennifer Lopez

The superstar had quite the public engagement with actor Ben Affleck. But when they split in 2004, she chose to give the Harry Winston engagement ring back to him. The 6.1-carat pink diamond ring was worth $2.5 million.

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