Westenra Confirms Engagement

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February 27, 2012 | 8:51pm EST

Classical singer Hayley Westenra has confirmed reports she’s planning to wed her longtime boyfriend after he proposed to her on a trip to her native New Zealand.
The 24-year-old soprano was rumored to have accepted French sound engineer Arnaud Sabard’s marriage offer, and now the star has revealed that he popped the question during a romantic lakeside date on New Year’s Day during a festive trip to her hometown of Christchurch.

Sabard asked Westenra’s father several weeks before for his daughter’s hand in marriage, and relatives gave him a family heirloom to aid his proposal.

Westenra tells Britain’s Hello! magazine, “It hasn’t quite sunk in. I’m still contemplating it myself.

“It was a total surprise and incredibly romantic… I was completely overwhelmed. I think I went into shock. I didn’t even say ‘yes’ straight away – Arnaud had to prompt me. He said, ‘So, that’s a yes, right?’ and I was like, ‘Of course!'”