I'm very involved in civil rights issues, and so to be with a woman who could actually make an impact in the legal realm — that's a beautiful thing."Page Six first reported the engagement.
The Cruel Intentions alum proposed to his 25-year-old girlfriend Paulina Slagter over the holidays.
In April Phillippe told Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show that his relationship with Slagter was serious. Slagter is a Stanford Law School student."She's awesome," Phillippe told Howard Stern earlier this year.
"When people see her they have these judgments because she could be a model but she's about to graduate Stanford Law.
Also what's great about it — as you get older certain issues become more important to you.
They have two children: Ava (September 1999) and Deacon (October 2003).
Though Witherspoon filed for divorce in 2006, she and Phillippe remain on good terms.
(Photo by Amanda Edwards/Wire Image)PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Actor Ryan Phillippe onstage during the 'Secrets and Lies' panel at the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Brown/Getty Images)BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 18: Actor Ryan Phillippe attends the PEOPLE Magazine Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
(Photo by Steve Granitz/Wire Image)NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Ryan Phillippe (right) visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway (left) at Sirius XM Studios on October 6, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo by China Foto Press/China Foto Press via Getty Images) More: The 20 Most Satisfying TV Kisses of All Time After seeing Phillippe's initial tweet complaining about the helicopters, one fan tweeted at Philippe, "I wish people thought I was dating Katy Perry."Phillippe quickly responded: Perry, who has yet to comment, has had to deal with her fair share of romance rumors in the past.
When reports surfaced last year that her then-boyfriend Orlando Bloom was dating Selena Gomez, Perry attempted to shut down the chatter by redirecting fans to news of Bloom's charitable work for UNICEF.
They have two kids: Ava, who at 16 is a doppelgänger of her mother, and Deacon, 12.