Criss Angel Gets Engaged, Sandra Gonzalez Wears 5-Carat Ring

Illusionist Criss Angel engaged? Angel popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Sandra Gonzalez after giving her a 5-carat diamond ring in San Lucas, Mexico. The couple met 4 years ago on the set of “Mindfreak” and have been together ever since.

Angel made his proposal while the couple vacationed in Cabo San Lucas. He gave Gonzalez a 5 carat princess cut diamond. Like the Vegas showman whom he has become, he had Gonzalez’s family flown into Mexico to surprise her afterward with an overhead fireworks display.

“The couple is ecstatic,” says Angel’s rep.

The 43-year-old, Angel’s real name is Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos. Son of Greek-Americans John and Dimitra Sarantakos, Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos was raised in East Meadow, Long Island, New York, with two brothers, Costa and J.D. His father owned a restaurant and doughnut shop and was devoted to personal fitness before dying of cancer in 1998.

Angel was introduced to magic at age 6, after his Aunt Stella taught him a card trick. His interest grew and by the time he graduated from East Meadow High School, he was not interested in attending college. He aimed at becoming a professional magician.

The illusionist tried to create a Broadway show for his act but was unsuccessful. Eventually, he collaborated with Cirque du Soleil to create Criss Angel “Believe,” a live show, currently running, at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. After several delays, the show had a Gala opening on October 31 to harsh reviews.

It will be the second marriage for Angel, who divorced first wife JoAnn Winkhart in 2005. He and Girls Next Door star Holly Madison dated from fall 2008 to winter 2009. No wedding date has yet to be set.