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Danielle Brooks has much to celebrate in 2019 — the end of the decade was a transformative year for the Orange is the New Black (OITNB) star and the momentum keeps going. Just a over a month after welcoming a newborn baby girl, the actress announced on New Year’s Eve that she’s engaged to boyfriend Dennis Gelin.

“I never thought one of the best days of my year would happen the last week of the year. I get to marry my best friend. We’re ENGAGED!! So excited to become your wife. D&D until the end,” Brooks wrote on Wednesday underneath an Instagram post of her and her fiancé, Gelin. The two were pictured and filmed at a New Year’s celebration while Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together played in the background.



Brooks received an outpouring of love and support from her OITNB co-star Uzo Aduba, Gabrielle Union and Octavia Spencer.

Brooks recently became a new mom in November, sharing a photo of her daughter to on Instagram. The actress announced her pregnancy in July 2 via a Clearblue digital pregnancy test ad, to the delight of her fans and followers.


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11.16.19 ❤♾❤ She’s perfect.

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Both Brooks and Gelin  documented their journey to parenthood in a Netflix series titled, A Little Bit Pregnant. In the series, the couple was very forthcoming about their anxiety regarding becoming first-time parents. They were joined with friends and experts who shared parenting advice.

“I’m excited to teach her how to be a woman in this world without worrying about judgment and give her the freedom to be the person that she wants to be,” Brooks shared with PEOPLE Magazine in October. “Then getting to see that person come to life and grow and change their opinions. I’m excited to see this little human!”
Congratulations to the couple!


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