When you see "Jenny McCarthy," the first thing that probably comes to mind is something like "vaccines" or "autism" -- but that obviously doesn't mean we can't be happy for her, as she just announced her engagement to Donnie Wahlberg on The View on Wednesday.
"I just got engaged!" she exclaimed on the show. She had her hand hidden behind the desk (how clever) and then jumped around hugging everyone and shrieking, as brides-to-be should. "It's a yellow sapphire," she went on to explain. Then she teared up when she described how her son Evan helped plan the whole thing. Donnie also showed up on the set of The View on Wednesday to give his new fiance a kiss.
Clearly this is fantastic news for her, but wow -- can you imagine having Mark Wahlberg as your brother-in-law? She's probably in for a ton of hilarious, raunchy, laughing-so-hard-you-pee-a-little family dinners. So jealous!
And just look at this thing (it was hard to get a clear shot since she kept bouncing around so much):
Well, anyway, Jenny, 41, and Donnie, 44, began dating last summer. They haven't picked a wedding date, but helpful host Barbara Walters said if they get married September next year, she'd host the wedding at her apartment. Not a bad idea when you really think about it ...
Folks were pretty skeptical of the whole romance back when the New Kids on the Block and Blue Bloods star made an appearance on Jenny's VH1 show. She wrote afterward:
Let’s just say we visually give 50 Shades of Grey a run for its money ... It gets steamy. I mean like really steamy. Being turned on by a guy is always fun but to have it legitimately happen to you on TV is to be turned back into a 12-year-old. By the time we get into the groundbreaking interview, my face turns fifty shades of RED.
Well okay then, apparently the crazy off-the-charts chemistry has been there from the start, even though several weeks after his appearance, she told People, "I'm hoping to meet some [eligible bachelors] on my talk show."
Whatever! Guess it worked? Clearly the two are happy together no matter how things got started. Let's just hope they have time to fit in wedding planning though: McCarthy is busy taping her show in NYC, while Donnie finished up filming season 4 of Blue Bloods and will now be preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Kids on the Block in Las Vegas in July (haha that's gonna be awesome).
This will be the second marriage for both of them. Wahlberg was married to Kim Fey for nine years, and they had two sons. They were divorced in 2008. McCarthy had her son with director John Asher, but they split in 2005. Let's hope this time, for the sake of all the kids involved, that this one sticks.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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