The Story Behind Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, and Carrie's New $1.3M Ring
By PopEater Staff Posted Dec 22nd 2009 11:59PM
The love story between country queen Carrie Underwood and hockey star Mike Fisher is only in its initial chapters, but with the two announcing this week that they're engaged, they've gotten the interest of both the celebrity and sports world. Also making eyes pop is the fact that Carrie's ring, reportedly weighing in at 12 carats, is worth more than $1 million according to estimates made by diamond expert David Mamane. So, with all the press and bling, let's take a look at how the happy couple met, shall we?
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Carrie Underwood is seen here taking a dip during her Bahamas vacation at The Cove, relaxing by the pool at the resort. More Photos >>
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Diamond expert David Mamane took a look at Carrie's new bling based on the above photo, and estimates that the huge rock is 12 carats, VVS1 clarity and has a color grade of F (take notes, guys about to propose). With all that taken into account, plus the side stones in addition to the main show, Carrie's new addition to the jewelry box is estimated to be worth $1.3 million. That's a lot of slapshots for Fisher, who is making $4 million this year playing center for the Ottawa Senators.
The Ottawa Citizen newspaper reports that Fisher popped the question at his house in front of his parents.
Underwood, 26, and Fisher, 29, met in 2008 at a concert when they were introduced by a mutual friend. Underwood said she was hesitant to date Fisher at first not just because hockey players have notoriously bad (or missing) teeth, but because of her touring schedule and his hockey home in Ottawa.
Fisher addressed their long-traveling union during an episode of 'The Sens Show,' saying "Obviously it's tough with our schedules to see each other ... But we always find a way to make it work." He added that Underwood is "very committed, and she works extremely hard," and that she has less days off than he does.
Though the two have kept their relationship very private -- hardly ever going out in public together -- Underwood has just recently began to express her love for Fisher. In the liner notes of her new album 'Play On,' she writes directly to her soon-to-be husband, saying: "Thank you #12 ... You are the most amazing addition to my life! You are such a wonderful person and have had such an amazing hand in the building of this album and in the growth of me as a person. I love you so much! You make my life better in every way! I thank God for you every day... xoxo, Carrie."
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In November, Underwood went on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' and spoke openly about Fisher, saying that this was by far "the longest relationship I've had. I joke and say my dogs are the longest relationship ever." Underwood also famously dated Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Underwood also recently spoke out to Self Magazine about the couple's future, and whether a country crooning and/or hockey stick swinging baby is on the way. "Not that I have a husband to have one with yet, but someday I'd like a family ... Not a big one, but not a small one either. Two kids is good, three is fine. Four? Somebody's getting something done, because we ain't having five!," Underwood told Self.
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