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Keira Knightley engaged to James Righton; male fans crestfallen

May 25, 2012|By Oliver Gettell
  • Sorry, fellas: Keira Knightley is off the market
Sorry, fellas: Keira Knightley is off the market (Liz O. Baylen )

British actress Keira Knightley, star of the upcoming film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” is now engaged to James Righton of the rock band Klaxons, her publicist comfirmed Friday.

Publicist Sara Keene said Knightley and Righton were not releasing details of the proposal and had no comment on wedding plans, according to the AP.

No official representative for the legions of Knightley’s distraught male fans and would-be suitors was immediately available for comment, though many admirers expressed their disappointment on Twitter.

Upon learning of the news, Twitter user @oh_its_chris wrote, “I better take my engagement ring back to the shop then,” and user @williamadkins_ wrote, “Keira Knightley is engaged? Damn, thought I had a chance.” But @ianbetteridge put it most succinctly: “NOOOOOOOOO!”

@Endless_Blue called Righton a “lucky bastard,” though @ChrisRijanto thought the British keyboard player was more accurately a “lucky dude.”

Actor and filmmaker Zach Braff was in tune with the sentiment and tweeted: “Keira Knightley engaged. [Men] around the globe expected to hold a moment of silence” — except instead of using the word “men,” he referred to, ahem, a part of the male anatomy. (Nice use of synecdoche, Zach.)

Female Knightley fans on Twitter, meanwhile, tended to offer their congratulations to the happy couple. Go figure.


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