By Cara Alwill
The magic happened on Monday night when Tara’s boyfriend, Michael Axtmann, popped the question during a quiet dinner at The Little Door restaurant in Los Angeles. "Michael surprised Tara with a beautiful round brilliant cut ring," the actress's rep told People. "Tara was so happy, and the other patrons clapped and yelled out, 'Congratulations.'"
Tara, who was previously engaged to former MTV VJ Carson Daly, has been through a rough road over the past few years. After a botched plastic surgery, she took a lot of heat and publicly dealt with body image issues for years. Tara also gained a party girl image that became hard to shake as she was spotted time and time again drinking and getting into trouble. Her mistakes were not easily forgiven, and her reputation has been tainted for quite some time.
It looks as though the actress has turned over a new leaf. She’s corrected her plastic surgery, and bared it all as she posed topless in the January/February issue of Playboy. She offered no apologies about her wild past, either. "I wouldn't change anything that's brought me here," she said in the magazine. "I've grown up a lot, and it's time for people to see who I am...I lived a lot of years in the public eye. But if you look at me now, that’s not who I am anymore ... I'm not Girls Gone Wild anymore."
The couple began dating last year and are reportedly planning an intimate ceremony for summer 2010.
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