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PHOTO: Danny Gokey's Engagement Ring and How He Surprised His Fiancée | Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey's Proposal Was a Surprise!

Originally posted 12/28/2011 12:30PM

Wedding bells will ring for Danny Gokey and girlfriend Leyicet Peralta on Jan. 29, they announced Tuesday, and now come exclusive details on the engagement ring and the proposal itself.

"Danny originally chose a ring that was too big for Leyicet's finger," says the rep for the country singer and American Idol season-8 finalist, "so they went on a hunt for a new one together."

Money was a consideration, as the couple devote considerable resources to the charity Sophia's Heart, which honors the memory of Gokey's late wife, Sophia, who died during routine heart surgery in 2008.

"Leyicet had a specific budget she did not want to go over," says the rep. "The couple know they have a lot of responsibility with Sophia's Heart, so they wanted to make sure they spent their money wisely."

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Adam Lambert on His Sexuality: 'Keep Speculating'

Adam Lambert on His Sexuality: 'Keep Speculating'

Originally posted 05/27/2009 09:20PM

Adam Lambert says role models come in a variety of different forms – even in eye makeup, fingernail polish and tight pants.

"It's a really, really cool thing," the American Idol runner-up says, "to be able to show people that you can be yourself, and you should be proud of yourself, and you should own who you are and what you're about, and never make apologies for it."

So to those who speculate about his sexuality, he has a message. "Calm down," he says, and "keep speculating."

Lambert, 27, who finished second to Kris Allen in the show that ended May 20, says his comfort with himself can serve as an example. "It feels really amazing to be able to try and pass that on to kids and young adults who don't have a role model like that," he says. "It feels great because I never had a role model like that."

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