It was a romantic Valentine's Day for Christina Aguilera! She announced on Twitter that she is engaged to the man she's been dating for the past few years, Matthew Rutler. She and Rutler, whom she met when he was working as a production assistant on the 2010 film Burlesque, have been together since her divorce from music marketing executive Jordan Bratman with whom she has a 6-year-old son, Max. He first came to the world's attention when he was in the car with Christina during her DUI in 2011.
Rutler has worked as a production assistant on such films as What's Your Number?, Just Go with It, and the Social Network.
It's fairly rare for bonafide stars to hook up with civilians in production -- or at least to marry them -- but it's not unheard of. Julia Roberts married a cameraman and Rob Lowe married a woman in the makeup department. Both Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears have married backup dancers. Matt, from all accounts, is a few years younger than Christina.
In fact, it could have been meeting Matthew on Burlesque that sent her first marriage into a tailspin. In December 2010, she told People:
When I finished filming, I didn't feel right in my own shoes [at home]. I had a lot of things stirring inside of me that I felt were being suppressed. We tried to work on the marriage and figure out a common ground. But the problems were obvious.
And about Matthew, whom she had just met:
Matthew is a special person. We had a really strong friendship on the movie. He's the kind of person you could spend hours on the phone talking to and all of a sudden it's daylight. Once I filed for divorce, we started dating. I'm not trying to jump into anything. I just left a five-year marriage.
Here's the ring. It's stunning -- and does make you wonder who paid for it! But, what a girl wants, what a girl needs...
He asked and I said…… pic.twitter.com/XWZVZOjDX1— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) February 15, 2014
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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