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Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, She & Him's Zooey Deschanel Engaged

December 30, 2008 9:35 AM ET

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and She & Him singer-actress Zooey Deschanel are engaged, a source close to the couple tells Us. The couple are "so thrilled," the source says, "Zooey was swept off her feet, and Ben is so excited." To be honest, we didn't even know Zooey and Ben were an item, and apparently neither did the rest of the media: The announcement came just hours after a false report saying Deschanel was engaged to AFI bassist Hunter Burgan, who immediately denied the reports.

In the end, it was revealed it was Gibbard and not Burgan who is engaged to the Elf actress. According to some Websites, the couple have been dating for almost a year. In the past, Deschanel has dated artists like actor-drummer-Coconut Records dude Jason Schwartzman and Maroon 5's Mickey Madden, but it was Gibbard that ultimately, in the words of Beyoncé's Best Single of '08, put a ring on it. While they managed to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, Gibbard and Deschanel have shared the stage on at least one occasion, performing the Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream" at an Obama fundraiser in August.

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