To quote Top Gun, "There are hearts breaking wide open all over the world tonight! Because unless you are a fool, that boy is off the market, he is 100% prime time in love with you!" Now replace the Tom Cruise character Pete Mitchell AKA Maverick and the Kelly McGillis character Charlotte Blackwood AKA Charlie with Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly, respectively. Read: Derek Jeter And Minka Kelly Engaged?
According to the New York Post, Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly are engaged to be married and have a date plus reception location set. The date is November 5, 2010 and the place is some swankfest in Long Island, New York. Though the Post notes that there was some serious subterfuge and many Bothans may have died* getting this information. So… grain of salt.
Will this affect the popularity of the New York Yankees' captain? Obviously, part of the shortshop's appeal was his ability to tomcat around and, since he wasn't married, people loved him for it. The second most handsome infielder** had many, many high-profile conquests, including, but in no means limited to: Mariah Carey, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel. And, unlike Alex Rodriguez's Madonna-related divorce saga, everyone is just tickled Pink when we heard Jeter was balling a new starlet on the regular. Plus, he and Vin Diesel ushered in an age of super-sexy ambiguous ethnicity.
And for her part, we'd like to point out that Minka Kelly is, in no way, the same person as Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester. She's one of the reasons that the NBC / DirecTV cult hit Friday Night Lights is so popular. Though, given the nature of the show, they may run out of ways to keep a high-achieving young lady in the Podunk berg of Dillon, Texas after she's graduated high school and become alienated from her family and mostly just stays around for an intense romance with the town's derelict running back turned marginally-employed heart of gold Timmy Riggins (played by Taylor Kitsch).
Thoughts on Derek Jeter's days as a rake coming to an end? Thoughts on what Minka Kelly may have that the rest didn't? Thoughts on the relative merits of Friday Night Lights versus Gossip Girl?
*Forgive the Star Wars reference.
**We at Celeb Love are big fans of Mark DeRosa.
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