LeBron James and longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson got engaged over the New Year’s holiday. So now that Brinson has her ring, it’s time for the King to go get his ring, too.

The much-maligned and celebrated Miami Heat superstar forward popped the question to his high school sweetheart on Saturday night, doing so at a party to celebrate both New Year’s Eve and his 27th birthday [see photos of Savannah’s gorgeous engagement ring]. James attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, about 25 miles south of his former employer, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A representative for James confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Sunday morning, a few hours after close friend Chris Paul and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison were among those tweeting their congratulations.

James and Brinson are the parents of two sons, and many people, particularly exasperated women, were openly wondering when the Chosen One would chose the time to legitimize his relationship with Brinson. No wedding date was announced yet.

The future Mr. and Mrs. James aren’t alone, however, in choosing to take their time — a long time — before legally hitching it up.

Here are six other celebrity couples who underwent lengthy courtships before finally getting married:

Terry Shropshire

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