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According to the rumor mill, J. Cole popped the big question to his college sweetheart Melissa Heholt!

The news spread after the official Twitter account of St. John’s University, Cole’s alma mater, tweeted, “Congrats to @JColeNC on his engagement to his @StJohnsU college sweetheart #SJU #ColeWorld.”

Cole has yet to confirm the news but we do know the lovebirds have been dating off and on since their sophomore year in college.

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The 28-year-old Roc Nation rapper, who is notoriously private about his relationship in interviews, shared his views on marriage during an October interview with

“I feel like relationships are a beautiful thing, period. Relationships can be really beautiful, they can be really hard, they can be really rewarding, or they can be bad relationships where it’s really detrimental and hurtful, but that’s life, period,” he said. “Marriage is just a relationship to me…In my experience, when you’ve been in a relationship for as long as I’ve been in one, there’s no real difference. It’s just a piece of paper that validates what was already real. In marriage you got to go through the same struggles as a relationship, that’s if the relationship is real, because there’s a lot of non-real relationships going on in the world right now. And I think that’s just because of the day and age we’re in, a lot of these relationships are taking place over text messages, it’s not real substance.”

“But when you got a real one,” he added, “it’s already like a marriage.”

If the engagement rumors are true, we send big congratulations to Jermaine and Melissa!


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