Cupid's Pulse Article: Find Out About Kelly Osbourne’s Secret Engagement to Matthew MosshartCupid's Pulse Article: Find Out About Kelly Osbourne’s Secret Engagement to Matthew Mosshart

By Nic Baird

Kelly Osbourne and boyfriend Matthew Mosshart got engaged a few weeks before Christmas, a source for said. The quiet proposal came after a year of dating, and the couple is “really excited,” according to the source. Osbourne and Mosshart met at Kate Moss’ wedding in July 2011, and first stepped out in public in Dec. 2011, kissing on the streets of New York. “I’m in love and I don’t care who knows about it!” Osbourne tweeted last June.

What are some advantages to keeping your engagement under wraps at first?

Cupid’s Advice:

You shouldn’t have to hide your love, but sometimes stealth and caution are necessary. Eventually, you’ll move past your secret, unless you plan to elope. In the meantime, here are some advantages for being engaged on the sly:

1. Timing: If there’s been a recent engagement within your social group, it’s good form to allow a month or two for this couple’s spotlight. Maybe an important marriage is on the horizon, or one of your family’s is preoccupied with another matter. You can’t wait forever, but giving a bit of consideration by waiting for the right time is a classy move for you and your fiancé(e).

2. Planning time:  Most importantly, your fiancée has to know that you’re trying to keep this between the two of you. Otherwise, they’ll have no reservations telling their friends and introducing themselves as your future spouse. The obvious benefit of caution is being ready for all your marriage logistics. If you need time to decide on a date, location, finances, etc. then don’t make things harder for yourselves.

3. One announcement: It can be strenuously tempting to reveal your hidden flame to a close family member, or friend. If you decide to start confesing, others will wonder why they weren’t told. Instead, telling everyone at the same time will avoid close friends or family feeling excluded. Make sure to reflect on the consequences before spilling your guts. Loose lips sink ships.

Why would you keep an engagement under wraps? Share your comments below!