Reese Witherspoon has confirmed her engagement to Hollywood agent Jim Troth.
“They are extremely happy,” the actress’s representative told Us Magazine.
Witherspoon, 34, began her relationship with Troth, 40, in January before making it official (and public) in March. Troth works for L.A.’s Creative Artists Agency, but reportedly does not represent his wife-to-be.
In October, a source close to Troth told People that, although the couple are not yet engaged, the agent was not far off proposing.
“Jim knows Reese is the one for him,” the source said. “It’s what he’s been waiting for. [Getting engaged] is a natural step for them.”
The rumours were so widespread that Witherspoon recently joked about them on Entertainment Weekly, saying: “My mom always texts me, like, ‘Are you getting married?’ I’m like, ‘Mom, come on! You would know if I was getting married.’”
A source close to the actress also spoke to People, saying Witherspoon is just as excited about Troth as he is about her: “Reese quickly realized that Jim was someone that she felt safe with and could count on.”
No less important is Witherspoon’s kids’ apparent approval of her future husband. Daughter Ava, 11, and son Deacon, 7, from her 7-year marriage to Ryan Phillippe, are both said to have bonded with Troth.
“They have vacationed together with Reese’s kids and everyone [got] along great,” the source added.
Witherspoon is apparently happy to be with someone “who’s more mature and in a place in his life where he’s ready to settle down. I think for the first time in a very long time, she feels as if she’s with a grown-up.”
Another pal tells Us Weekly: “She is definitely happy, in love and definitely wants to settle down.”
The couple got together shortly after Witherspoon’s split from actor Jake Gyllenhaal in 2009, whom she was dating for two years in what a source described to People as a “volatile relationship”.
According to People, commitment phobia on the actress’s behalf was one of the things that caused the pair to repeatedly break up.
“Jake would marry [Reese] tomorrow, but Reese doesn’t want to go there yet,” a friend of the couple’s told People. “There’s a huge attraction between them, and they’ve become a team, but Jake can be a little overbearing at times, and Reese is really happy with life right now. Why screw that up?”
The star said in her 2006 that she had been left wary of marriage: “I [had] a certain idea what I thought marriage gives, [but] sometimes it doesn’t work out that way,” she said. Asked if she would ever marry again, she replied, “I don’t know. I don’t think about it much.”
Witherspoon won an Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk The Line. She currently stars in the romantic comedy How Do You Know.
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