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ENGAGEMENT: Jude Law, left, internationally famous movie star and People's 2004 Sexiest Man Alive, and Sienna Miller, internationally famous arm candy and marginally known actor, announced their engagement Wednesday.

He gave her a ring with nine diamonds set in platinum on Christmas Day in England, their spokeswoman, Ciara Parkes, said in an Associated Press report. "Both their families and friends are thrilled, and of course, Jude's children are, too," Parkes said.

No wedding date has been set; it depends on their filming schedules, Parkes said in an Ananova.com report.

Law, 32, and Miller, 23, met on the set of the movie Alfie and began dating in October 2003, after his divorce from British actor/underwear mogul Sadie Frost. He has three young children with Frost. Their six-year marriage was "wildly unstable," Australia's Sydney Morning Herald wrote in a profile this week.

Miller has no children or ex-husbands. She is very stable, the Sydney Morning Herald says.

ENGAGEMENT: Heidi Klum, left, supermodel, and Seal, a singer with one big hit, announced their engagement Wednesday.

Seal proposed Dec. 23 "on a glacier in Whistler (British Columbia)," Klum wrote on her Web site. "We reached this beautiful place by helicopter one day before Christmas Eve. It was a unique experience."

Seal presented Klum with a "honking canary diamond ring," New York's Daily News reports.

Klum, 31, and Seal (real name Seal Samuel), 41, started dating last year while she was six months pregnant and after her breakup with Italian millionaire Flavio Briatore, who is the father of her daughter, Leni, born in May.

This will be Klum's second marriage. Her marriage to celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino ended in 2002. Seal has no ex-wives.

DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT: In an act that will do nothing to blunt the rumors of trouble that have been dogging the couple for months, Nick Lachey demanded that waiters at Miami Beach steakhouse Smith & Wollensky apologize to wife Jessica Simpson after one of them accidentally dumped a dish of creamed spinach in her lap Sunday night. The waiters got a few laughs out of it, the New York Post says, as did crew members from the couple's MTV show Newlyweds, who filmed the whole thing.

FAMILY BACKTRACKING: Britney Spears Federline says in a posting on her Web site that when she said in postings in October and November that she was taking a break to be with husband Kevin and possibly start a family, she really meant that she was "taking a break from being told what to do."

Mrs. Federline apparently felt moved to clarify her position after the past week included stories that she is working on a new album and she previewed a rough mix of one song on a Los Angeles radio station (MTV.com); she co-directed a video for a song from her recent Greatest Hits: My Prerogative and said she is writing a musical that "makes fun of the whole Hollywood scene" and wants to direct it (MTV news); and she has been in New York finalizing a clothing-line deal for her and Mr. Federline and wants to make him into a hip-hop star (New York Daily News).

Sharon Fink can be reached at (727) 893-8525 or finksptimes.com.

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