November 5th, 2010
09:35 AM ET
Five years after he announced his split from Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey is set to become a newlywed again: The singer, 36, popped the question to girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, 29, on Thursday.
“We’re excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together," the couple said in a joint statement to CNN.
Lachey and Minnillo, who began dating in 2006 and briefly split in 2009, were near a California beach on November 4 when he presented the former MTV host with a Bader & Garrin Asscher-cut diamond with baguettes, reports People.
Later that day, Lachey confirmed their good news via Twitter.
"Hey all. If anyone's heard the rumors of my engagement, they are absolutely true! Vanessa and I couldn't be happier," he wrote. "Thanks for all the love."
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