Crystal Bowersox Engaged! Plans to Marry Brian Walker Next Month

Crystal Bowersox and Brian Walker

Wow! This came out of nowhere! Crystal Bowersox’s rep tells People Magazine exclusively that Crystal Bowersox is engaged to Brian Walker!

Crystal Bowersox, the American Idol runner-up, is engaged to musician Brian Walker and they plan to tie the knot next month, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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It’s the first marriage for Bowersox, 25, who has a son, Tony, 1 ½, from a previous relationship. Bowersox is currently recording her debut album.

Crystal broke up with her boyfriend Tony on the day of the Idol final performance episode back in may, so this is a very quick development…

Reportedly, Crystal has known Brian for years.  According to Parade,   Crystal said, “Brian Walker gave me the nickname Mama Sox after my son was born.”

Crystal attended Walker’s concert at the Waterfront Cafe in Chicago on August 31. After the jump, check them out duetting on “Miss You/Kiss You”.

UPDATE: E Online is also confirming Crystal’s engagementZap2it, Extra are picking up the news from People.

UPDATE2: Check out Brian’s You Tube channel HERE.

This story is developing…

VIDEOs after the JUMP…

Crystal and Brian performing at the Waterfront Cafe in Chicago on August 31.

Buddhypso by Brian Walker w/ Crystal Bowersox, Dan Allen Ornduff, Ryan Suzuka – Posted 04/26/10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu8mhcJGV6o

Crystal and Brian sing to Little Tony – Posted 9/2/09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kLUS3UOOXs&p=EFC4F781DFC21EBD&playnext=1&index=15

Crystal Bowersox & Brian Walker – Acoustic Underground

Brian sings “Up to The Mountain”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt9T6aN3JNw

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90 Comments

  1. Didn’t Crystal just break up with her last boyfriend 3 months ago? This is really fast! Although I guess she and Walker have known each other for awhile

    Congratulations (I guess)

  2. Yikes. Doesn’t seem like a great idea, given the tumultuous changes she’s been dealing with.

  3. Didn’t Crystal just break up with her last boyfriend 3 months ago? This is really fast!

    I forgot about this. Piece of advice… *Do not make major life decisions coming off idol*

    Hope it works out or that this is just a rumor.

  4. jennyl:
    09/24/2010 at 9:15 pm
    Thought Crystal said this was untrue in her twitter.

    If it is from people magazine it must be true. ;)

  5. I forgot about this. Piece of advice… *Do not make major life decisions coming off idol*

    Hope it works out or that this is just a rumor.

    I agree with you!

  6. Hmm starting to worry about Crystal. Why such a rash decision when she is making her album and adjusting to post-Idol life?

  7. I’m not sure how old her son is (two?) so this will be her third serious relationship in three years. Hey, Crystal ..strong woman can last more than a few months without a man in their life.

    Why the big rush to get married anyway? I don’t get it but maybe it’s not true.

  8. My first thought was is she going to marry Lee Dewyze? :) Damn Crystal if this is true that is way too fast!

  9. Most of the time after Crystal broke up with Tony was spent on tour. Where would she have had time to develop a relationship with Brian Walker? Have they previously known each other?

  10. Where would she have had time to develop a relationship with Brian Walker? Have they previously known each other?

    I think they knew each other in Chicago.

  11. I’d be skeptical if the news were a “sources report” kinda deal, but People got the news from Crystal’s rep, so it’s probably true, unless there’s some sort of misunderstanding.

    People is actually pretty good about reporting reliable news. Although they are a celebrity rag, they are a few steps up from Star or the National Enquirer

  12. Whoa. Did not see that coming.

    Congrats… I guess?

    He’s a nice looking guy. She trusts him with her son. That’s all I got.

  13. Crystal and Brian have known each other for years. Both of them have tweeted over the course of the summer about their relationship. They saw each other as often as possible over the course of the tour and Brian was caring for her son. I think it is wonderful news. Her ex-boyfriend was not a musician and was not comfortable with the lifestlye whereas Brian is. Sometimes we don’t realize how much we care for someone until fate steps in. I am truly happy for her and think that they compliment each other very well! :)

  14. A bit behind here…which one is Brian – the blonde guitar player or the dark haired guy?

  15. the blonde guitar player or the dark haired guy?

    The dark haired one. If you click on the video, he’s the one who sings.

  16. Crystal has known Brian walker longer than any of the past boyfriends.

    there are pre-idol videos of them performing together, and one of them singing to little tony when he was less than 6 months old, so he has been in both of their lives for a long time.

    He took care of Little T when she was on tour, so they have a lot of trust.

  17. There’s just something irresistible about these WGWGs. This seems so quick, but she has to have known him really well to trust him with Little Tony. Hope they’ll be happy.

  18. What the? Plans to marry next month? Is there more to this story that Crystal isn’t divulging?

  19. mj:
    09/24/2010 at 10:24 pm

    the blonde guitar player or the dark haired guy?

    The dark haired one. If you click on the video, he’s the one who sings

    Thanks, MJ. I found his youtube channel. Good for her if she’s found the right guy for her.

  20. I hate to be the cynical one, but is this a PR move? Why release this info now? Maybe to offset the twitter stuff?

    I hope this works out for her — she’s had a lot of life changes for the past year.

  21. I married my husband after 2 weeks and we have been together 20 years. Sometimes you just know. Besides, she has mentioned that she had know him for years. There is a podcast floating on the internet from 2008 and Brian Walker is there representing in the audio. She seems to have a clear head on her shoulders and knows that her son is always her first priority. That tells me she is thinking clearly

  22. Seems like they went from friends to lovers really quickly, but he seems to have a connection with both her and her son, so if they’re happy, I wish them luck & hope it works out

  23. will Brian be in Crystal’s band (is she even going to have a backing band)?

  24. Random. At least little Tony might have a dad now. Or something.

    I liked her on Idol but dropped her twitter recently, then she pushed back the album, had the tweeted row with the Jive and now this… I haven’t heard anything musically that sustains my interest so I think I’m done. Too much drama. Good luck, little Tony.

  25. I saw it coming but I was hoping she would be more cautious and at least wait until after her CD is released. I’m sorry to say that I think this is a very bad idea for both her personally and her career.

  26. will Brian be in Crystal’s band (is she even going to have a backing band)?

    I had the same thought. Also, is he going to be directing her career?

  27. Crystal will be directing Crystals Career. She has already left 19 entertainment. I think its a good thing. Crystal is not a pop star…

    She will carve out her niche, like Dar Williams and other succesful folk singers.

  28. I think that as a strong, independent woman, Crystal knows what she wants, and if it’s Brian and she wants to go for it, she should. Sometimes people with serious chronic health problems realize just how precarious life is, and approach things a little differently. I hope they’re both very happy. :)

  29. Shortly before Crystal was getting ready to do her concert w/ Brian Walker, she tweeted Linda Perry(?) (4 non-blonds) that she needed some advice and I remember wondering if it had to do with this guy.

    I’m wondering if they were actually more than friends before, but Crystal, being practical, and wanting the best for her son, moved on since they were both starving musicians…I remember seeing the video with them singing to Little Tony even before Idol started and being very touched by it. I would guess that Crystal has experienced more hardship emotionally in her 25 yrs. than many (self included) have experienced in their lifetime. Just a guess. She’s tough. The one thing she knows and knows for sure is music, both vocally and lyrically. IMO. She also knows how to speak her mind regarding this, lol, and speaks with confidence. Again IMO, with good reason.

    I guess my point is, that maybe she’s making a mistake, but I personally am not going to judge her on the little knowledge I have, and am going to wish her the best. If this is true. I really am just looking forward to music from her.

  30. I don’t have an opinion one way or the other on the engagement – it’s her business.

    They both sound beautiful on this video – their voices really blend well:
    Crystal and Brian sing to Little Tony – Posted 9/2/09

  31. Hey sometimes it takes 10 years for a couple to tie the knot and sometimes a couple of weeks. It’s all good no matter what. If she is happy that is all that matters. Congrats to Crystal and Brian!! :)

  32. Lol…damn. There went my chance with her. Cause in my mind, I had a chance ;-)

    I actually wonder if this was something that has been in the works now for a little while (like, a month or two), and they were going to try to just sneak it by people so that they could actually have some privacy. Then, after the little controversy the other day, they decided to let this cat out of the bag just to sorta offset that – to get people talking about something else to do with her.

    Heck I have no idea how old Brian is – maybe the two of them had one of those “if neither of us is married by X age, we’ll get married” pacts. She DID just turn 25 on the tour, it’s a nice round number…

  33. Somewhat off-topic, but the video of them singing to Tony genuinely made me cry. I was bawling for like 15 minutes. Real men cry :D. It was so touching.

    And congratulations Crystal! May be fast, but I trust her on this one.

    FFFFFFFFFF

    @crystalbowersox

    @AaronKellyFan89 That was the best tweet Ive EVER read. seriously. Im moved. Thank you for your kind words and I’m glad our music moves you.

    OH MY EFFING GOD BOTH AARON KELLY AND CRYSTAL BOWERSOX HAVE TWEETED AT ME HOLY FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    Sorry, again, off-topic, I just had to go insane.

  34. I guess it’s true since she just re-tweeted the article from People. I’m happy for her and Brian and I do wish them all the best.

  35. Hilarious. I bet money she was messin’ with this dude long before she got rid of the boyfriend. I think she is nothing but a PR nightmare.

  36. Aha! This explains why she was so upset that Jive changed her album release date to the Fall instead of Spring. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and work. How is she going to work on her album and pick out her dress and cake and flowers and brides maids dresses and plan for the reception and honeymoon, etc.? There’s just no way!

  37. Crystal is fortunate to have someone who loves her and her son. I don’t see how anyone can find fault with that….but somehow they have. If Brian makes her happy for a day or for life it is worth the risk and effort to get married. Crystal is “glass half full” kind of person which is one think I like about her.

  38. How is she going to work on her album and pick out her dress and cake and flowers and brides maids dresses and plan for the reception and honeymoon, etc.? There’s just no way!

    Weddings don’t have to involve any of those things, though.
    Congrats to Crystal and Brian.

  39. Aha! This explains why she was so upset that Jive changed her album release date to the Fall instead of Spring. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and work. How is she going to work on her album and pick out her dress and cake and flowers and brides maids dresses and plan for the reception and honeymoon, etc.? There’s just no way!

    One would think that someone who prides herself on going against the grain would not need all that crap.

    It has long been my experience that people either want to get married (have brouhaha including a rockin’ reception) or be married, which does not require wedding planners et al.
    A small gathering of family and friends can be arranged in a day.

  40. My first thought was is she going to marry Lee Dewyze?

    Glad that’s not the case! :) Congrats to Crystal, Brian and Little Tony!

  41. One would think that someone who prides herself on going against the grain would not need all that crap.

    One would think that someone who prides herself on going against the grain wouldn’t need to be married. lol.

    I don’t get the hurry. And if it doesn’t work out? She’ll have to pay him off.

    Two words: Pre Nup.

    It would be smart for Crystal to consult a lawyer before she gets married.

  42. I don’t get the hurry. And if it doesn’t work out? She’ll have to pay him off.

    Two words: Pre Nup. ;)

    Seriously, I haven’t followed Crystal’s personal life and only have good wishes for her. I hope that Crystal, Brian and little Tony have a great life together.

  43. Crystal is fortunate to have someone who loves her and her son. I don’t see how anyone can find fault with that….but somehow they have.

    I agree, but my fault isn’t with her finding someone who loves her and her son, it’s just that it seems so rushed. I don’t get the hurry, either. I hope she knows what she’s doing. Getting married is pretty damn serious. I trust she knows Brian Walker really well, at least, so I’m not too worried.

    At any rate, I will support her all the way! :D. Once again, congrats Crystal!

  44. i think i remember her saying something about her boyfriend during AI, that he needed to man up. Was she wanting to marry him? Then there is Tony’s biological father who just went poof. And now this fellow, even though they’ve known each other for a long time, there appears to be a sudden rush to marriage now. Maybe it’s Crystal and she just wants or prefers to be married or is tired of being alone? Just thinking outloud….anyway, hope she finds happiness and can get this coupling thing solved, but I would rather see her let the dust settle on all the new things in her life for right now before she ties the knot.

  45. Reminder:

    One more warning NOT to criticize fellow posters. Criticize the Idols? Yes. Criticize fellow posters? NO.

  46. AIaddict:

    Glad that’s not the case! :) Congrats to Crystal, Brian and Little Tony!

    ROFL! But Lee and Crystal look so cute together! :) Well Congrats to Crystal and Brian! Couple name Cryian! ROFL! Aww little Tony. :) Little Tony is adorable! :)

  47. Yes, Little Tony is adorable and I know Crystal loves him and wants him to have a good life. But I don’t understand her at all. It’s like she wants the benefits from Idol but wants her life to be just like it was before. Doesn’t work that way. Wonder if we’ll hear anything from her manager or Jive, probably not.

    I also think it’s obvious that Brian loves the boy but I am curious about this guy’s age and background. I think there is probably more to this story but I have nothing but best wishes for them. With the divorce rate what it is, their chances are probably as good as anyone’s.

  48. Crystal, slow down, you got too many fingers in the pie and something is gonna give. Starting a career in music is hard work and if you think you got it made, you got another thing coming.

    Congrats anyway and hope everthing works out for you.

  49. Just not sure what the rush is. Whether she new him for years or not, I’m sure they didn’t spend much time together while she was on tour.

  50. It would be smart for Crystal to consult a lawyer before she gets married.

    YES! A Prenup is the best way to protect little Tony’s future.

  51. Sounds like Crystal’s goal is to find a daddy for little Tony. When the other guy “didn’t man up”, she moved on (or back) to someone she could trust. And if she likes the guy, knows him well, he likes her & her child, & they share common interests (music), then it could work out well. Good luck to Crystal. (People have all kinds of reasons for getting married – wild & crazy romantic love is not the only one, lol.)

  52. Sometimes you just need that security, that commitment that This Is It! Especially when there is a toddler involved. And they’ve been friends for years, so… Anyway, it’s their personal lives.

    Congratulations Crystal and Brian! I’m happy for you!

    ETA: I bet she wrote Mine All Mine for him. It’s a beautiful love song.

  53. Crystal, slow down, you got too fingers in the pie and something is gonna give. Starting a career in music is hard word and if you think you got it made, you got another thing coming.

    It’s interesting given the demographic of Idol how few of them are married. That’s kind of an indication of what you are saying. Even though they have this great opportunity to make a career, there is still a great deal of work to do. A great deal of on the road time. A great deal of studio time.

    Out of 9 seasons, Kris Allen is the only person to win Idol who was married. Ruben and Carrie have gone on to get married (Ruben in 2008 and Carrie in 2010 – both 5 years after their wins). Kelly, Fantasia, Taylor, Jordin, Cook and Lee remain unmarried.

    As for the runner-ups, Justin got married in 2009 (7 years later), Bo in in 2005 (a few weeks after the competition – they’d been in a relationship for years) and Katharine in 2008 (2 years later). Clay, Diana, Blake, Archie and Adam remain unmarried.

    A music career is tough on a marriage, but if you find the right person, they can be a huge support. I’m not sure what the rush is here. She has an album to get out so waiting a few extra months to get married couldn’t hurt could it?

  54. OK, just watched the Mason video.Awwwww. I’ll bet Crystal is feeling very romantic towards this guy, if not, why the rush? Otherwise, why not just continue as they are, as partners, or get engaged and plan to marry in a year.

    Somehow, I can’t picture Crystal walking down the aisle behind a parade of girls in hideous dresses. More like barefoot in a field.

  55. First instinct is to say too fast. Of course we all know someone who has made the decision quickly and had a lifetime of joy. Probably know more that have failed though. Is she pregnant–didn’t read the whole thread– has it been discussed already?

  56. Crystal doesn’t seem the type to get married just because she’s pregnant. She didn’t marry the father of her baby.

    So, I’m gonna say no, she’s not pregnant, but what do I know.

  57. I would bet anything that they have been involved in the past, and when they were both single again – it went quickly. And I think that it was Brian who was taking care of little Tony while she was on tour.

    So I actually think this is wonderful for Crystal. The guy is obviously genuine, she’s known him since she was a busker, he loves her kid, and she’s heading into a lot of unknowns – why not be with someone who loves her through thick and thin? As to the rush, I bet it’s because she can schedule it in now. Things might be insane when her album drops.

  58. Good for her, I hope Crystal, Brian and lil Tony are happy.

    I’ve read that Brian has been her life for a while so it’s not a whirlwind thing. If you can’t marry the man who you trust with your baby, who can you marry?

    I see more babies in the future for her, hippies love making babies.

  59. It would be smart for Crystal to consult a lawyer before she gets married.

    Lawyers are part of The Man! fight the power!

    But seriously, I wouldn’t expect Crystal to think in strictly business terms about this. That doesn’t seem to be a real strong suit of her. Which is fine, but it can end up biting one in the butt later on.

    In any event, I wish the the best of luck with her marriage and family.

  60. Crystal doesn’t seem the type to get married just because she’s pregnant. She didn’t marry the father of her baby.

    Without knowing the circumstances at the time, I don’t think that it can be assumed that she had a choice.

  61. They sure seemed like a couple singing Mason to little Tony as an infant. Crystal probably just decided that her Bohemian lifestyle in Chicago wasn’t going to work now that she was a mother with no money so moved home to Toledo. Her circumstances have now changed so that she can go Bohemian with her kindred spirit again.

  62. Congratulations to Crystal and Brian. I’ve always felt there was something there from the way she talked of him during and following Idol. Big Tony or Other Tony just did not seem to elicit that dreamy-eyed look from her. They certainly make beautiful music together.

    Don’t expect a Carrie Underwood type wedding from her.

  63. How is she going to work on her album and pick out her dress and cake and flowers and brides maids dresses and plan for the reception and honeymoon, etc.? There’s just no way!

    Justice of the Peace or local Pastor/Priest…off the rack…bouquet from local florist…small gathering of close family and friends…dinner at a nice restaurant following = minimal fuss.

    Big weddings are nice but not everyone feels the need to do that. We have friends who got married on the top of a mountain in West Virginia and the guests all camped out in tents and provided the (homemade) food and music. The bride got her dress off the rack at one of those bridal outlets and and the groom wore a t-shirt. All the friends were “bride’s maids” and “groomsmen”. It’s one of the most memorable and happy occasions I recall.

    As for Crystal and Brian, may they have many years of happiness together.

    YES! A Prenup is the best way to protect little Tony’s future.

    A prenup is a good idea for a married couple with assets or who expect to have significant earnings, although it wouldn’t necessarily affect Tony. That’s more a matter of Tony’s father (who’s out of the picture) than his stepfather, unless Brian adopts Tony. However, anyone with children should have a Will.

  64. Speaking as a mother, lol, I say she is young, has too much on her plate.

    Marriage is hard work- sure it can be a source of support, but can just as easily go the other way. When you have a new music career and a son that doesn’t leave much time for husband.

    Looking at the S8 guys schedule; when do they even have time to see the wife/boyfriend, and Danny has certainly said he doesn’t even have time to date.

    Having said that- I hope true love conquers all and I wish her the Best!

  65. Maybe I’m the hopeless romantic, but maybe they let love get away from them once before and decided they weren’t going to let that happen again. I do think they were romantically involved before.

  66. I think there are practical reasons why Crystal would want to marry the man who’s currently the caretaker of her child when she’s out building her career. I’d imagine it would be a heck of a lot easier to make Brian the guardian of her kid and/or the legal father if they’re married. I can see why she’d want the marriage to a man she loved to take place sooner, rather than later, in that case.

  67. I’m curious how old he is, seems to be at least 30. I think it’s nice to have someone who knows the INS and outs of being a musician to give the emotional support she will need. Both in same field though… They will have to have healthy egos and attitudes if one becomes more famous than the other. Best wishes to them both.

  68. I suspect there is a lot more to Ms bowersox than we all know. This
    is the person she trusted her most precious son to while she was on
    tour. She has to know him quite well to trust him with Tony. I Had
    seen that video of them singing to the baby on the floor when she
    audtioned,on her social page,and found it very touching.
    I think she knows what she is doing and I have to wish her the very best life can bring. She is a strong girl/woman.
    Nevertheless, I totaly agree ….Pre Nup!!!! and a will for Tony at
    the very least even if she does not need it because spouses can
    change dramatically when in a breakup or divorce.
    Wild crazy romantic love is probably one of the worst reasons to tie the knot,imo.Knowing him for a sustained period and the trust factor are much better and for sure they have some very important
    interests (Music,Music,Music)they share. BON CHANCE Mamasox!

    I had not heard that she has departed from 19. Was that her decision or 19’s. I think I saw something about a brouhaha over when her album would drop,and some disagreement but I never followed as I had to go for course of radiation for 2 weeks.
    If she is going independent I hope she knows exactly what she is
    doing and I wish her much success….,nd Frankly it would not
    surpise me,as she has always seemed a young woman of strong ideas
    and determination!
    She has a terrific talent so I hope she is surounding herself with
    reliable and music biz savy people!

  69. Well, I hope that they’ve found the right thing for them.

    If I were Brian Walker, though, I would definitely be seeking a very good answer to why, just about four months ago, she was on national television pushing some *other* guy to “man up” (which I gather meant at least “be way more devoted to me” if not “marry me.”)

    Sometimes good and rational things happen fast, and this may be one of those.

    But I tend to be suspicious of people who, less than half a year ago, apparently loved somebody else just as truly madly deeply as they now (say they) love me, lol! That can be okay, but it can also be a sign that the person is just craving “being in a solid relationship,” not craving *you,* in particular.

    Honestly, it would make me particular leery if the person who’d (apparently) suddenly switched their lifetime romantic intentions to me was also going through a difficult and highly stressful time in their lives/career.

    What Crystal’s going through right now definitely makes you crave some security, I’m sure. I hope that turns out to be a solid basis for marriage, especially because there’s a little guy involved who’s apparently having some major experience with revolving father figures at the moment.

    I can see why, though, having had an (apparently) bad experience with a non-musician over hooking up as she relaunches her music career, Crystal may now be thinking — a fellow musician is going to understand much more and deal with it much better. Hope she’s right.

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