Matthew McConaughey had a lot to celebrate on Christmas this year. He gave his children a very merry Christmas by giving their mother a special and most-awaited gift: an engagement ring.
The 42-year-old actor asked his longtime girlfriend Camila Alves to be his wife on Christmas Eve and announced his engagement on his WhoSay account. “Just asked Camila to marry me,” he wrote in a post accompanying a snapshot of the couple sharing a kiss in front of the Christmas tree. “Merry Christmas.”
It seems he has finally found the courage to do what he run away of during their five-year long relationship. McConaughey, who first became known with 1993’s “Dazed and Confused” and has since starred in films including “Contact” (1997), “The Wedding Planner” (2001), “Fool’s Gold” (2008) and “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011), met his bride-to-be Alves in a Los Angeles bar in 2006 and began dating soon afterward, according to Us Weekly. Alves, 29, who hosted season three of Bravo’s hairstyling competition “Shear Genius” last year and owns with her mother the Muxo line of handbags, seems to be The One for McConaughey. He gave him two beautiful children – son Levi, 3, and daughter Vida, who turns 2 in January – and made him want to built a family with her. He told Esquire magazine in March that his and Alves’ current home in Malibu represents the commitment of their union. “Before this, I had a super home in the Hollywood Hills,” he said. “But that house was mine. And yeah, we coulda gone in there right away. Camila would have said, ‘Fine, don’t change a thing.’ But I thought, I found the woman I wanna do it with, the woman I wanna make a family with, hopefully live our life out together. She needs to have 50 percent of that. I mean, it is a lot easier for me to be at 100 percent. I’ve always been 100 percent. It’s braver for me at 50 percent.”
If earlier this year he didn’t want to make his relationship legal, pointing out that his parents married each other three times and divorced twice, the actor finally did it without regrets.
“I’ve been around healthy marriages. I knew I wanted a family and I found a woman I love and felt was right for me,” he told the April issue of Cigar Aficionado. “But marriage – it’s not something we feel we need to be complete. It doesn’t mean we won’t do it.”
He also previously gushed to People magazine “I always wanted to be a father. It just took the right woman and the right time to make it happen. [Alves] is the love of my life. Everything is right.” So, McConaughey is a very happy guy. His personal life is blissful, his career is on the right track so what more could he ask? He recently starred in director William Friedkin’s as-yet-unreleased “Killer Joe,” and played support to Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper movie “Magic Mike,” due out in June. Perhaps next year he will be less busy with his acting career and find the time to help his fiancée plan their wedding. Let’s hope though they won’t elope nor they will say ‘I do’ bare naked in the Amazon as the actor once said. “I’d have to be buck naked in the Amazon; I’d go tribal before I’d go Vegas. I’ve thought, ‘Do I want a huge wedding, or do I want to elope?’ Eloping wouldn’t go over well with Mom.”
But until they decide what their nuptials will be like, we wish them congrats!