NBA superstar LeBron James is engaged to marry long-time girlfriend Savannah Brinson, who accepted his proposal at a lavish New Year’s Eve dinner party in Miami, reports ABS-CBN News.
Moments after ringing in the new year, James surprised his high school sweetheart by popping the question — letting very few people in on the secret beforehand. He did it at a party both to celebrate New Year’s Eve and his 27th birthday, which was Friday.
The party was hosted by Dwyane Wade, James’ Heat teammate. Brinson was the high school sweetheart of the Miami Heat playmaker and is the mother of James’ two sons, seven-year-old LeBron Jnr and four-year-old Bryce.
“My girl, she’s very excited,” James said Sunday night after he and the Miami Heat beat Charlotte 129-90. “She would love to answer more questions about it than me. But she’s happy, my family’s happy and that’s what it’s about.”
“It should be a surprise for any woman anytime something like that happens,” James said. “She was surprised. It was great that all the friends and family were there to bring in a new year. Even my kids were happy about it, so that’s good. … I feel good. I feel good. It’s a good point in my life right now.”
Right after popping the question, James picked up the couple’s sons LeBron Jr., 7, and Bryce, 4, and swung them around on the floor.
“It was so sweet to watch,” a rep for Remy Martin V, who hosted the dinner, tells People. “Everyone is extremely happy.”
“It was beautiful,” Heat teammate Chris Bosh said. “I told him, `Good luck.’ It was nice. It was real nice.”
“I had no idea it was coming,” Bosh said. “I just heard some commotion, and yeah, there it was. It was nice. It was real cool.”
“He was just trying to catch her off-guard,” Wade said. “I thought he did a good job of catching her when she least expected it.”
“It’s very nice,” Wade said. “Very nice. They have good taste. … To me, it felt like he was on his knee for an hour. It was probably like 35 seconds. It was great. I feel so happy for them and their entire family.”
The news got out quickly among James’ inner circle, with close friend Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Heat owner Micky Arison among those tweeting their congratulations before the New Years’ parties were winding down, ESPN informs.
“Happy for my brother KingJames and sis SavannahRB on their engagement!!! Extremely happy for them and the good times to come,” Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul posted on his Twitter account.
Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted: “Congrats to Lebron. KingJames and Savannah so happy 4 u guys.” No wedding date was immediately set.