By Zachary Swickey
Marcus Mumford might have more than his band Mumford & Sons' rising success to be thankful for in 2011, as the singer reportedly popped the question to his actress girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, over the weekend.
UK’s The Sun reports that Mumford asked his rumored bride-to-be while at the ritzy Babington House in Somerset, where she supposedly showed off her new bling to guests. “She was wearing a beautiful ring and didn’t seem to mind who saw it,” reported an onlooker.
Love has taken hold of the couple fast – the pair have only been dating for around five months. Carey – also a star on the rise with her Best Actress Oscar nom for "An Education" last year – had just broken things off with her old beau, Shia LaBeouf, a few months prior to meeting Mumford, who himself had just become single after breaking up with fellow folk singer Laura Marling.
There is much to be learned from the historical relationships between actors and musicians. Sometimes it’s a match made in heaven, other times it’s a countdown to extinction. Will it last between these lovebirds? Maybe … if they take our advice.
“Be Weary of the Wild”
Many ladies have an unforgiving fascination with bad boys (I’m looking at you, Heather Locklear and Denise Richards). These women can’t get enough of their boyfriend’s tattoos and piercings, but fail to realize the rock and roll beast is pretty tough to tame. Baywatch babes Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra learned heartbreak the hard way when things didn’t work out with their lovers, Tommy Lee and Dave Navarro, respectfully. I mean, who could keep those two dues on marital lockdown?
“Separation of Spouse and Career”
Most couples like their personal space, while others would leap at the chance to work with their spouse on the daily. Well, when it comes to the marriage of an actor and a musician, we think it’s best to just do your own thing. Gwyneth Paltrow, despite having a decent voice and appearing on Glee, has never recorded a duet with her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin. Remember when J.Lo was Ben Affleck’s main squeeze and even appeared in her new music video? Yeah, things didn’t exactly work out for them, did they?
“Have Your Own Interests”
There are some Hollywood couples that make us think, “Seriously? You two?” Take Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, for example. The country superstar may like to ride a horse and kick back with some cold brews, but at the end of the day, he comes home to the uber-classy and posh Kidman. Urban seems like the polar opposite of Kidman’s ex, fellow movie star Tom Cruise, but hey, maybe that’s why things seem to be working out just fine for these two!
“Keep Your Day Job”
Kate Hudson is fond of musicians. The actress recently gave birth to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy’s baby. But let’s hope that Bellamy plans to keep Muse trekking onward, because otherwise they might have something to worry about. When Hudson’s ex, singer Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, went on hiatus with his group, he married Hudson almost immediately. Things didn’t work out, and upon their divorce, Robinson reunited with his old bandmates for a new album. Coincidence?
Is it too soon for Marcus and Carey? Let us know in the comments.