He rose to fame singing about love with hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Shape of My Heart” – and now it looks like Nick Carter has found love in real life as well.
The former Backstreet Boy has announced his engagement to fitness expert/actress Lauren Kitt.
“I had the ring in my pocket for two weeks,” the 33-year-old told PEOPLE.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want it anymore!’ It was driving me insane. I just wanted to get it out of my hands and on to hers.”
Carter popped the question while the couple was on vacation in the Florida Keys. He planned to propose while on a romantic boat ride to an isolated island but ran into some difficulties along the way.
“My boat was in such bad condition because I hadn’t used it for, like, six years. It took me five days literally on my hands and knees, scraping up my body [to fix it,]. The engine wasn’t complete yet but we still decided to go out.”
But finally, the pair arrived at what they now refer to as “Engagement Island” and Carter presented his girlfriend of more than four years with a seven-carat diamond ring.
“She said, ‘Yes,’ and I’m, like, ‘I don’t know what to do,” he recalled. “She said, ‘You’re supposed to put it on my finger.’ So I did. I was in shock.”
Congrats to the happy couple!