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Is Solange Knowles engaged to her much, much older boyfriend?

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

Everyone is talking about it, but so far, no one has solid proof: Solange Knowles is engaged to Alan Ferguson, her 51-year-old boyfriend of five years.

The rumors started after various outlets reported that Knowles celebrated her 28th birthday with Alan by her side. The report went on to suggest that one of Alan’s gifts for her on that day could have been a marriage proposal.

Solange, so far, hasn’t commented on the news. In fact all that was made public about the day was an Instagram photo that showed her and Alan cuddling by the water on a tropical beach while she smiled at the camera.

The caption read: “Today couldn’t have been more perfect. I couldn’t have smiled harder. Thank you for all of your lovely and wonderful wishes. They warmed my heart and I simply feel grateful for all of the love.”

If the rumors prove to be true and she does indeed end up getting married, this will be Solange’s second marriage. From 2004 to 2007, she was married to Daniel Smith who was her high school sweetheart and is the father of her son, Daniel Julez, 9. Despite the divorce, the two of them still remain friends and co-parent their son.

“We co-parent really well. I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?’,” she once told Harper’s Bazaar.

Her current relationship with Alan is an improvement on her previous one, she says. “Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for awhile.”

A songwriter by profession, Solange says that having a stable relationship doesn’t exactly help her creativity. “It’s a f’ed-up thing,” she says, “without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

As for the age gap, it doesn’t seem to be too big an issue either. “Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27,” Solange said.