Perhaps we should call them the First Couple of Indie Rock.
[artist id="710356"]Death Cab for Cutie[/artist] frontman Ben Gibbard and actress/ [artist id="3133146"]She & Him[/artist] singer Zooey Deschanel are engaged, sources confirmed to MTV News on Monday (December 29).
The confirmation comes hours after many celebrity gossip sites had incorrectly reported that Deschanel was engaged to a different musician: [artist id="150284"]AFI[/artist] bassist Hunter Burgan. (Head over to the Newsroom blog to find out what Burgan had to say about Deschanel's engagement.) According to a "source close to the couple," cited by Us Weekly, Deschanel, 28, and Gibbard, 32, are "so thrilled. ... Zooey was swept off her feet, and Ben is so excited."
In addition to her roles in films like "Elf" and "Yes Man," Deschanel fronts the critically lauded She & Him duo with singer/songwriter M. Ward. Their debut album, Volume One, was featured on several 2008 "Best Of" lists — including ours.
Deschanel had previously dated actor/musician Jason Schwartzman and Mickey Madden from Maroon Five. Various Web sites are reporting that the couple have been dating for almost a year, and they shared the stage together — dueting on a cover of the Everly Brothers' "Dream" — at an Obama fundraiser in August.
Deschanel's She & Him released their debut album on indie stalwart Merge Records earlier this year. Gibbard's Death Cab released a string of albums on tiny Barsuk Records from 1998-2004 (not to mention the ultra-successful Postal Service album Give Up on Sub Pop in '03) until making the leap to the majors with 2005's Plans. In May, DCFC's Narrow Stairs debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart.