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Knicks captain Amar’e Stoudemire is not lamenting the fact that his team didn’t make it to the NBA Finals. Instead, he spent the weekend in Paris, where he proposed to the mother of his three children,Alexis Welch, with a million dollar ring. Stoudemire relayed all the details to People magazine:

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.

If you are confused by this story, maybe it’s because you’re used to associating Stoudemire with Ciara. At least that’s the case for non-sports fans like myself. For the past year or two, the singer has been linked to Stoudemire but it seems apparent now that he was on a break from Welch, whom he met in 2002, when he was dating Ciara.

So what brought him back to his long-time love? We can’t know for sure but adding to his change of heart may have been the tragedy he experienced with the loss of his brother in February of this year. There’s nothing like an intimate loss to strengthen  existing bonds.

What do you think of Amar’e’s proposal style? Where in the world would you like to be proposed to?

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