Chris Rock and his girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke sparked speculation of an engagement just one day before the comedian was officially divorced from his wife of 20 years.
The rumor mill started churning on Sunday after a friend of the couple posted a now-deleted pic of the duo at dinner. In the snap, Megalyn wears a ring on that very suspicious finger, the ring finger.
"Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins," the pal captioned the snap.
The day after the snap was posted, it was announced that Chris' divorce from his wife of 20 years, Malaak, had been finalized.
According to the New York Post, Megalyn commented on the friend's snapshot of her and her man and many think she was taking a dig at Malaak when she wrote "Bye, Felicia," a famous saying that implies throwing shade. Her friend responded to the diss with crying-laughter emojis, the newspaper said.
Sources close to the couple and Chris' reps all say the ring is much ado about nothing and that he and Megalyn, who have been dating for a year, are not engaged.
"She always wears that ring," the source told the Post.
Chris' rep also responded to the married-to-be rumors, saying, "It's 100 percent not true. Chris Rock is not engaged."
The funnyman's divorce from Malaak had been contentious, to say the least. According to initial divorce documents, Malaak was hoping for an enormous chuck of her husband's $70 million fortune so that she can continue to maintain her current lifestyle.
The couple did have a prenuptial agreement, but it expired under a sunset clause within the paperwork, so the amount of Chris' fortune was essentially unprotected from the prenup. The former couple has two children, and they agreed to split custody of their kids 50-50.
However, there was also the mystery of a third child in the family, one who was biologically neither of theirs. In 2008, Chris and Malaak brought 6-month-old South African girl named Ntombi to the United States to live with them. Most assumed the family adopted the young girl, but there is no evidence to suggest the Rock family ever went through legal proceedings to do so.
When Chris and Malaak's divorce proceedings began, South African officials simultaneously started investigating how Ntombi came about living with the Rock family in the US. They are looking into whether or not a legal adoption took place. For Chris' part, his rep told TMZ at the time that Chris does not have an adopted child.
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