R&B Icon Babyface, 54, Reveals Surprise Engagement to a Younger Woman

Another age-gap celebrity cou­ple is tak­ing the leap into mar­riage. Music pro­ducer and singer Ken­neth Edmonds, bet­ter known as Baby­face, recently revealed that he and his long­time girl­friend, Nicole Pan­ten­burg, are actu­ally engaged; they’re 14 years apart.

Edmonds unex­pect­edly shared the mar­riage news when he sat down for an inti­mate inter­view with singer Toni Brax­ton, whom he col­lab­o­rated with on an album. Brax­ton asked him if he’d ever con­sider tying the knot again—he ended his 13-year mar­riage to Tracey Edmonds in 2005—and Edmonds responded with, “I’ve already con­sid­ered it. I’m engaged, so yes.”

Edmonds later con­firmed the news via a state­ment to E! News, stat­ing, “I’m happy to say I’m on the love mar­riage path. I’m a very lucky guy.” There’s no word yet on when the celebrity cou­ple is plan­ning to actu­ally walk down the aisle.

Edmonds, 54, and Pan­ten­burg, 40, first started dat­ing back in 2007 when she worked as one of his backup dancers. The celebrity cou­ple already has one five-year-old daugh­ter together, along with Edmonds’ two older kids from his first marriage.

What do you think: How would you share your engage­ment news?


“Ken­neth ‘Baby­face’ Edmonds Engaged to Long­time Girl­friend Nicole Pan­ten­burg,” E! News web site, Feb­ru­ary 11, 2014; http://goo.gl/Jl0tBo.

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