July 29, 2004
NEW YORK - Singer-actress Brandy is engaged to basketball player Quentin Richardson, People magazine reported Thursday.
According to People, Richardson, 24, surprised Brandy, 25, with an 11 1/2-carat diamond ring valued at $1 million and designed by jeweler Jason Arasheben at a reception Tuesday at Los Angeles' Century Club.
"It was a total surprise for her," Arasheben told People.
The former "Moesha" star and the Los Angeles Clippers' guard were surrounded by their families, close friends and rose petals during the reception.
The proposal came at time when the "Talk About Our Love" singer's last relationship has been talked about in the media.
Music producer Robert Smith said recently the two had never been wed, as Brandy had claimed. Smith said their supposed marriage was a ruse to protect Brandy's image, who was then pregnant with their daughter, Sy'rai.
Brandy then released a statement that read: "I am deeply hurt and shocked by the things that Robert has been saying. We had a spiritual union and true commitment to each other, and we still share a common bond through our daughter, Sy'rai."