Forever His Girl
updated 07/22/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/22/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT
And for Brad, so nerve-racking. That 6-karat ring, which he'd had custom-designed in L.A. last month, had been shipped to another hotel on Maui, and Abdul's would-be fiancé had spent several tense days making furtive phone calls until the ring finally arrived. "I was freaking out," he says, "to put it mildly." Adds Abdul: "I had no idea what was going on. Afterward we were able to laugh about it."
The couple have shared plenty of laughs since their fateful blind date. Abdul had been divorced for two years from actor Emilio Estevez, whom she'd wed in 1992. The never-married Beckerman, CEO of Groove Track Productions, had moved from Connecticut and was looking for love. "Someone normal, athletic and fun," he told friends. "Like a Paula Abdul type." A pal, who happened to work out with Abdul at a gym near her Sherman Oaks, Calif., home, offered to fix him up. Beckerman showed up at Abdul's door with a dozen long-stemmed red roses for her and toys for her four dogs. "He knocked me off my feet, and that's hard to do," she says. Beckerman was equally smitten: "The first time I met her, I saw my future in her eyes."
Though the couple have yet to set a date, they expect to wed later this year. "Both of us are just so happy we found each other," says Abdul. Not to mention that ring.