According to reports, outspoken rapper/producer Kanye West is planning to propose to Eminem-haired paramour Amber Rose.

A friend of Kanye's told gossip site Bossip that his mother's death, combined with his VMA blunder and various other stresses have taken a heavy toll on the rapper, and Amber has provided his solace. "He has really bonded with her since losing his mum and needs another strong woman in his life," said the source.

Kanye and the blonde ambition have rarely been seen apart in the past few months, and appear to be a very affectionate couple. The two are reportedly headed to the Dominican Republic in January, where he has reserved a luxury eight-room villa.

"He's very serious, otherwise he wouldn't be spending that much money on her," the source continued.

Mazel Tov! In either event, here are some photos of Amber Rose out and about.