Former New York Rangers star Sean Avery’s life as a single man may soon be coming to an end.
Avery reportedly became engaged this week to Hilary Rhoda, a prominent model and his longtime on-and-off girlfriend, the New York Post reports. The couple has sporadically dated for several years, and got back together last May after spending months apart from each other.
Despite rumors of their alleged engagement, neither Avery nor Rhoda has publicly confirmed the news, the Post notes. When asked for a comment on the situation, Rhoda’s manager reportedly chose not to comment. However, Page Six columnist Richard Johnson claims to have spoken to one of Rhoda’s friends, who said that the Victoria’s Secret model is “thrilled” to be engaged to Avery.
Avery’s rumored engagement would quell months of speculation that the former hockey player is secretly dating Bravo television executive Andy Cohen. In September, Avery was the subject of gay rumors after The Fame Driven, a gossip website, posted photos of the 33-year-old vacationing with Cohen in the Hamptons. The site alleged that Avery and Cohen, who is openly gay, had secretly been engaged for more than a year.
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Avery had a sardonic response to the gay rumors, posting a screenshot of The Fame Driven’s story along with the caption “#Busted” to his Instagram account. Meanwhile, Bravo addressed the rumored relationship in an impromptu interview with TMZ.
“Dude, Sean Avery is straight. Do you understand that?” Cohen told TMZ. “A gay guy and a straight guy should be able to be friends without you asking me if we’re engaged. Listen, I’d be happy if Sean and I were, but it’s not [happening].”
Avery spent a decade in the NHL, playing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Rangers and Dallas Stars before moving into the fashion industry in 2012. Meanwhile, Rhoda is the face of Estée Lauder, and has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.