Mario Lopez ushered in the New Year by proposing to 28-year-old Courtney Mazza, his longtime gal pal and mother of their daughter, Gia.
“I’ve come to the realization that I’m never going to meet another woman as special and amazing as the one I have and I think she’s finally succumbed to my pressure and will take me,” Mario says. This will be the 38-year-old Extra star’s second marriage. His two-week- long marriage to Miss USA Ali Landry was annulled.
Mario and Courtney have been a hot-and-heavy couple since 2008. Pals say his family, who are strict Catholics, are happy he finally popped the question.
“Now that Gia’s 16 months old, they both want to have a brother or sister for her. He comes from a big family and wants the same,” says one pal. “The only objectors to another child are his family, who insisted they get married first. Now, they’re all totally over the moon.”
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