Country star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is off the market. On Tuesday, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal.
Mccreery took Dugal on a hike in the mountains of North Carolina. Once they reached they reached the top of a mountain, McCreery, 23, dropped to one knee.
He asked her to marry him using a ring that he specifically designed for her. Of course, she said yes!
People Magazine says the engagement has been a long time coming. Gabi and Scotty have known each other since they were kids.
They met in kindergarten, and Gabi has had a crush on Scotty since almost the beginning. When they were children, Dugal says she used to write “Mrs. Gabi McCreery”—surrounded by hearts—in her diary.
McCreery, who won Season 10 of American Idol in 2011, obviously didn’t let fame go to his head; he also didn’t forget his childhood sweetheart. During the couple’s senior year of high school, nearly six years ago, the couple began dating.
Since they started dating, Gabi, who is a cardiac nurse, has been supportive of her man’s career. She appeared in several of his music videos, including “The Trouble with Girls,” “Feelin’ It,” and “Five More Minutes.”
“My fans instantly embraced Gabi once they learned we were dating and have always been loving towards her,” McCreery said in a statement to PEOPLE. “When she graduated college last year, many of them brought me gifts for her at my shows and book signings. I will always appreciate their kindness to her.”
McCreery also gushed about his fiancee. He’s quite clearly very in love with her!
“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” said McCreery. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”
After the proposal, they met with family and friends for a celebratory dinner. Scotty shared photos from the evening on his Facebook page.
The couple is planning to have their wedding in 2018, said E! News. Congratulations to the couple and blessings on their future marriage!
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