Last night, while the entire blogosphere was buzzing about R&B Diva Monica's engagement to Lakers guard Shannon Brown, I received a phone call from a family member who asked to remain anonymous.
First and foremost, congratulations to Monica and Shannon! He proposed to her last week and gave her a beautiful 10 carat rock which Mo wore during her appearance on the 5th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards. Black love is beautiful!
After Mo's stylist tweeted a photo of her rock on Twitter.com, Mo took to her Twitter page and tweeted:
We realize people will have their opinions. That's the way of the world. But we know who we are & who's we are. We pray 2 an awesome God 2gether And that is what keeps us strong. So for all my real supporters who are happy for me. I thank u, I love u, & I'm realistic enough about life To know my journey has just begun. I don't have anything else to say about it. 2 people who judge. If u worked on self u wouldn't even see me.
The family member had exclusive details about the engagement that she only shared with Sandrarose.com.
She said Shannon proposed to Monica last Tuesday in front of both sets of parents in a very intimate setting.
The family member said Shannon wanted to break the big news to both sides of the family because "they wanted it to be private and intimate and amongst family because family is most important to them."
She said the couple met in June, 2010, on the set Mo's video shoot for “Love All Over Me”. She said they will continue the courtship with each other even though they are engaged. In other words, the wedding will not take place next week, or any time soon, until they are ready.
She said Monica is extremely happy and she's telling friends that she has "never ever ever" been treated with such love and respect by a man, ever! She is stress free because her man doesn't live in the nightclubs.
Both Mo and Shannon have great relationships with their respective parents. According to the family member, the entire family will meet Shannon at Monica's birthday bash in LA this coming weekend.
My source said, "Now that Shannon has taken the relationship to the next level, everyone will meet, the kids included."
She said this relationship is "extremely serious" to him. They both have a mutual respect for one another.
Monica's 30th birthday bash in LA on Sunday will feature a pink carpet. All proceeds from the event will be donated to breast cancer research.