updated 06/08/2006 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/10/2006 AT 6:00 AM ET
What? No flip comment? No cheeky response followed by that devilish grin? Nope – mum s the word for Hugh Grant when it comes to whether he s now engaged to girlfriend of two years Jemima Khan.
In a story published Monday in Britain s Daily Mail, columnist Richard Kay reported that Grant got down on one knee on a trip to Barbados six months ago.
“It’s one of the best-kept secrets of the celebrity world,” he wrote. Sure is. The couple s reps refuse any comment, and friends and family maintain they either don’t know or won t say.
Engaged or not, the longtime bachelor, 45, and his lady, 32, seem quite smitten. “They get along marvelously,” says a Khan pal, dismissing other recent rumors claiming a rift.
In the last month Grant and Khan have been spotted snogging everywhere from Venice to New York City, where a ringless Khan shopped on June 5.
Their chemistry isn t just physical, either. “He s very clever, and she really is funny, witty and quick,” says her friend. “They spark off each other perfectly.”