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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Engaged

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/NickCarter (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/NickCarter (via ABC News Radio)

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is headed down the aisle...because he wants it that way.

People magazine reports that Nick and his girlfriend, actress and fitness expert Lauren Kitt , are engaged.  Nick asked for Lauren's hand following a boat ride last week with her father and some close friends to a secluded island in the Florida Keys.  That's where Nick says he got down on one knee and presented Lauren with a seven-carat diamond ring.

"I had the ring in my pocket for two weeks," Nick tells People . "It was driving me insane! I just wanted to get it out of my hands and on to hers."  Lauren, who said "yes," adds that she "wasn't expecting" the proposal. "We are both just so happy in love right now and on cloud nine," says the bride-to-be.

Nick was the last single guy in the Backstreet Boys.  As for when the wedding will be, Lauren tells People that she and Nick will have to coordinate with the group's schedule, since 2013 will be a busy one for the Boys.  They're currently working on a new album and preparing to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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