Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes have confirmed they’re engaged.
Former Pop Idol star Gareth, 34, popped the question at the start of the year by getting down on one knee during a trip to New York City at a friend’s high rise apartment.
As well as presenting Faye with a four-carat diamond ring, Gareth also sat down at a grand piano and played the special love song he penned for his partner which was inspired by their life as a couple over the last six years.
Speaking to the new issue of OK! magazine, the Say It Isn’t So hitmaker said: “It was all about the six years we’ve spent together and I incorporated bits of songs that mean a lot to us as a couple. I got a bit carried away though – it went on for 17 minutes!”
Faye – who plays Kate Connor in Corrie – admitted it was a “perfect” proposal and she is looking forward to getting married and spending the rest of her life with Gareth, 34.
The 29-year-old actress said: “We were both crying the whole way through. Once it was finished, Gareth got down on one knee and said, ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’ And of course I said yes straight away.
“It’s every girl’s dream to find the perfect man for her and then have the perfect engagement, so I feel very lucky. To have such a beautiful ring and to share the most brilliant life with my best friend is everything I’ve ever wanted.”
Faye said Gareth could have put “any ring” on her finger and she would have said yes.
Gareth and Faye’s engagement comes after a brief split last September, however, after a few weeks apart they reconciled.
The singer has admitted the brief break-up was caused by work pressures for both of them.
He said there was “a lot of strain” on their relationship and they decided they needed “some breathing space”.
Read the full interview in this week’s OK! magazine, which is out now.
It comes after The Sun reported that the couple had become engaged, and plan to throw a lavish engagement party in Manchester.
An insider told the publication: “Faye and Gareth are over the moon.
“There will be lots of Faye’s co-stars and other famous faces alongside their friends and family – everyone will be delighted for them.”
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