The Sports Illustrated model debuted her new ring at the 2016 Met Gala.
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Kate Upton is officially engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Justin Verlander, starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Upton confirmed their engagement in an interview with E! News on the 2016 Met Gala red carpet, where the 23-year-old model showed off a ring designed by her fiancé: a round solitaire set on a diamond pavé band.

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As for details on the actual wedding? We'll have to wait! "We're enjoying the engagement period," Upton told E!. "I'm really excited. He asked me right before season started so we've been keeping it on the down low for quite a while. So I'm excited to finally be able to share it with the world!" Too cute!

She and Verlander, 33, have been dating for three years, which, says Upton, "seems like forever in Hollywood, right?" The secret to their successful relationship? "We always try and work on our communication," she said. "We're very open with one another and we're each other's best friends. He's definitely my best friend, so I think that helps a lot."

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In an interview with Forbes, last July, Verlander described their relationship as very "normal," saying, "Kate's there a lot for me," he said. "And we're just normal people. You know, normal relationship-believe it or not."


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