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A New Year, 2 New Star Engagements

Paris Hilton, Billy Joel's daughter are headed for the altar
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2018 11:41 AM CST

(Newser) – Wedding bells are in the air for the daughters from two famous families. Paris Hilton, great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, got engaged on the slopes of Aspen, Colo., over the weekend, a Hilton rep confirms to People. The 36-year-old's now-fiance, actor Chris Zylka, proposed just after lunchtime, with Hilton recounting: "I was so excited and surprised! I immediately said yes!" Although they met eight years ago, they settled for flirting "for years and years," Hilton told Page Six last month. They finally started dating about two years ago. "Ever since our first date, I knew there was something special about him," she tells People. "I have never in my life met a man so loyal, dedicated, and loving." He gushes right back: "Paris is the most beautiful and incredible woman both inside and out. I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together."

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Meanwhile, Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, announced her engagement Monday on Instagram, Us Weekly reports. "So I was completely taken off-guard, dumbstruck, and shell-shocked- and FOR ONCE in my life, I had absolutely no words, and I couldn't speak … I just kept staring at this ridiculously exquisite ring- and he was just hysterically laughing at me!!!" the 32-year-old singer said of restaurateur Ryan Gleason's proposal. Gleason posted a pic on his Instagram of Joel's hand sporting the emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, with the caption: "Luckiest guy in the world!!!!" (Read more celebrity engagements stories.)

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