‘American Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips engaged to longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell

Phillip PhillipsMrs. Carter: Phillip Phillips and Hannah Blackwell are getting set to start the next chapter of their lives!

The former “American Idol” winner officially became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, who he met before he started his run to stardom on the show, over the holiday season. This was confirmed by a series of posts online, including one made by Blackwell on Instagram with the following caption attached:

“I’ve been dreaming of this for over 20 years. I’ve been dreaming of this guy for just that long. Overwhelmed with happiness.”

Sweet, no? These two have been able to go on a pretty incredible journey with each other over the years, and they had to deal with at times plenty of stress. For example, there were some of the health problems that Phillip was dealing with while on “American Idol,” including some kidney stones that hospitalized him and forced him to undergo surgery after the fact. Also, there was a ton of pressure put on him to be great after being proclaimed a favorite.

Blackwell traveled with him throughout much of the post-show tour, and even made an appearance in his music video for “Home,” his breakthrough hit that established him as more than a singing-show winner.

It’s much too early to speculate about wedding dates and the like right now, but we certainly expect that we are going to see and hear much more from Phillip and Hannah soon. for now, a massive congratulations to both of them!

As for the new season of “American Idol,” it should premiere on Fox with all-new episodes starting on Wednesday, January 7. Stay tuned for more updates, including one over at the link here. Also, sign up to get some further TV updates worth singing about right away, and courtesy of our official CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: Fox.)

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