AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY: KATE UPTON ENGAGED

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It is with great regret that I must report that Kate Upton, our finest existing representation of American greatness and muse of the Washington Free Beacon, is off the market and has been for weeks.

Upton announced the engagement at last night's Met Gala by showing up wearing an engagement ring given to her by Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

She looked great, making this news even harder for her many fans to handle.

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Richard Buxo / Splash News

In classic Kate Upton fashion, she looked just as good at the afterparty.

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PC-NWP / Splash News

In moments like this, it is best to reflect on the good times.

Like when Terry Richardson filmed her doing the cat daddy.

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Or when she ran down the beach like C.J. from Baywatch.

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Or when she solidified her spot as an all-time American great by eating this Firecracker.

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Kate Upton Twitter

Here's another look at this iconic moment in our great country's history.

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We love Upton. We love how much she loves puppies.

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We love how she has made fashion week sexy again.

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We love how she loves pools.

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The further I go the more it hurts, so I have to stop. It is time to move on.

"If you truly love something you have to know when to let it go," said one of my editors, attempting to console me through these tough times.

I think he is right and will begin a thorough search for a new unofficial mascot of the Washington Free Beacon.

We are happy for you, Kate. You are the best. But life goes on.