Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima received a special 27th-birthday present on June 12: an engagement ring from her boyfriend of nine months, Marko Jaric, 29, of the Minnesota Timberwolves. A rep for the Serbian-born NBA guard says, “They are both incredibly happy and couldn’t be more in love.” • The Happening star Mark Wahlberg, 37, and model Rhea Durham, 29, who are expecting their third child in September, plan to head for the altar in summer 2009. “She wants to wait until after the baby,” says the actor, who adds, “we’ve waited and worked hard to really strengthen our relationship. We want it right.” They have daughter Ella Rae, 4, and son Michael, 2.
Songwriter-producer Timbaland, 36, and music publicist Monique Idlett were married by a family pastor in a low-key Virginia wedding June 10. The couple, who are the parents of 7-month-old daughter Reign, plan to have a formal ceremony in Aruba June 22.
R&B singer R. Kelly (inset), 41, was acquitted in a Chicago court June 13 of all 14 counts of child pornography he was facing stemming from a videotape that allegedly showed him having sex with a minor. The Grammy-winner was indicted in 2002 and accused of having recorded himself sometime between 1998 and 2000 with a girl prosecutors said was as young as 13 at the time. A juror said, “There was nothing concrete enough to say it was him or her on that tape.” • Pop singer Taylor Dayne, 46, was sentenced in Beverly Hills June 16 to two years probation and fined $100 after pleading no contest to reckless driving, stemming from her March 6 DUI arrest. • The late billionaire Leona Helmsley’s Maltese Trouble lost most of her hefty inheritance after her trust fund was reduced from $12 million to $2 million in a court decision made public June 16. A New York City judge ruled that the hotelier, dubbed “the Queen of Mean,” who died at 87 last August, was mentally unfit when she willed the eight-figure sum to her pooch. The 9-year-old dog’s current guardian deemed the lesser amount enough to maintain the pet’s high-maintenance lifestyle. The remaining $10 million will go to Helmsley’s charitable foundation.
Affirming his loyalty to Fidel Castro, Elián González, 14, joined Cuba’s Young Communist Union June 14. González was the focus of a politically charged custody battle after he was found clinging to an inner tube off the Florida coast in 1999. Seven months later he returned to Cuba.