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Kendrick Lamar engaged

NEW YORK --- Compton native Kendrick Lamar confirmed on April 3, that he is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Whitney Alford. The celebrated rapper, 27, was a guest on the Power 105.1 Breakfast Club show about his

NEW YORK — Compton native Kendrick Lamar confirmed on April 3, that he is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Whitney Alford.

The celebrated rapper, 27, was a guest on the Power 105.1 Breakfast Club show about his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, when he was asked about rumors that he and Alford are planning a wedding. Famously quiet about his private life, Lamar took the chance to acknowledge that he is, in fact, engaged.

Asked if he and Alford are engaged, Lamar said simply, “Yeah, yeah, definitely… I’m loyal to the soil.” When the radio hosts extended their congratulations, he added, “[I] appreciate that.”

“At the end of the day, you want to always, always have real people around you, period,” the Grammy winner added of his commitment to his future wife. “Whether it’s male or female, and everybody that’s been around me, they’ve been around since day one… I always show respect when respect has been given, and people that have been by your side, you’re supposed to honor that.”

The “King Kunta” performer has been dating Alford for 10 years, beginning a relationship when they were both in high school.

“I wouldn’t even call her my girl,” Lamar told Billboard of Alford this past January. “That’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she’s somebody I can tell my fears to.”

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