Charlotte Church finally set to wed Gavin Henson after secret proposal

Charlotte Church will wed her boyfriend Gavin Henson after a fiery five-year relationship, she announced yesterday.

The singer was 'absolutely joyous' when the rugby player popped the question the day after her 24th birthday last month.

But the couple, who have two children, kept their engagement quiet from their families for a few weeks - as 'we never have anything that's just for us'.

Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson

Wedding plans: Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson are set to marry after five years together

Henson, 28, proposed after whisking the Welsh singer away on a helicopter ride to Truro, Cornwall, for lunch.

He said he picked the morning after her birthday celebrations, when she was feeling a bit 'sketchy', because she was more 'lovey'.

He then presented her with a two carat heart-shaped diamond ring.

Miss Church, who is a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Over The Rainbow, told OK! magazine:

'As I came out of the shower, I said: "What's that noise?" And there was a helicopter outside.

'Then my hangover just went because of the adrenaline of being a bit scared.

'I was really emotional - I absolutely didn't expect it. I was beginning to think I'd be a girlfriend for the rest of my life.'

Over the Rainbow Charlotte Church

New role: Church is currently starring as a judge on new BBC show Over The Rainbow

She added: 'It was a lovely day and I was with Gav, then he started talking all funny.

'Saying stuff like, "We've been together five years now, we've had good times and hard times, but it's mostly been good times and I think we're meant to be together now for the rest of our lives."

'Then he went down on one knee and said: "So I'd better finally ask you, I suppose." Then he said, "Will you marry me?"'

They plan to marry later this year at an island retreat with their children, Ruby, two, and one-year-old Dexter as bridesmaid and page boy.

'There's no point hanging around, we'll probably have 100 people,' said Miss Church.

Henson bought the engagement ring during a family holiday in Dubai in January and admitted he was incredibly nervous about proposing.

He said: 'I was nervous about doing the speech beforehand...

'It's time to get married, I want us to be a family and we have different names at the moment. Me, Ruby and Dexter are Henson and Charlotte is Church. It feels right.'

Describing her ring, Church gushed: 'It's just perfect. I'd always said I wanted a heart-shaped diamond and the boy did good. Fairs dos to you Henson.'

Church and Henson started dating in Spring 2005 - just weeks after the former teen soprano split from ex-boyfriend Kyle Johnson.

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