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Love Lives

Published in Us Weekly, October 20, 2003

Andrew & Jen's Rosy Romance

Reporting by Sharon Knolle

How's this for a reality-show shocker? Five months after falling in love in front of 17.5 million viewers, Bachelor lovebirds Andrew Firestone, 28, and Jen Schefft, 27, ... are still in a state of bliss! "I don't want to sound clichéd, but we're very much in love," Firestone recently told Us. The couple, who have yet to set a date for their nuptials, swear that they're happiest spending quiet time at home. "We make dinner, go grocery shopping and sit around on the couch," Schefft reports. Her multimillionaire fiancé also keeps the romance alive with flowers — though he draws the line at one prickly petal that played a key role in the show: "No roses," he insists. "I don't care if I never see another rose for the rest of my life!"
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Mark & Rhea: Engaged?

Ever since Mark Wahlberg, 32, was spotted shopping for ladies' finger bling in Los Angeles, rumors have been running rampant that he's engaged to his model girlfriend, Rhea Durham. But Us got the scoop from the Italian Job star at a charity gala for A Place Called Home in Beverly Hills on September 29. "I might have bought her a big ring, but that doesn't mean we're engaged," explained Wahlberg, who was traveling solo on this particular evening. But the easy-on-the-eyes couple, who are still celebrating the September 2 birth of their daughter, Ella, haven't ruled out a wedding in the future. "We have a child together. [Marriage] is something we hope to do," Wahlberg said. The hunky actor, who will next appear in I Heart Huckabee's with Jude Law and Naomi Watts in 2004, had to leave the fundraiser early — Ella was waiting for him to get home. Guess the former underwear model was on diaper duty. "She's fantastic!" boasted the proud papa.