Country music star Garth Brooks has proposed to singer Trisha Yearwood on stage in front of 7,000 fans.

The reclusive singer, 43, popped the question to his girlfriend after a statue of him was unveiled at the LEGENDS IN BRONZE event in California on Wednesday (25MAY05) - and Yearwood readily accepted.

I WOULD'VE LOVED YOU ANYWAY star Yearwood struck up a relationship with chart-topping Brooks after working as his backing vocalist 15 years ago (90).

Yearwood will be Brooks's second wife, and fans hope the forthcoming marriage will be third time lucky for Yearwood, 40, who has been married twice before.

Other country celebrities honoured with statues at the ceremony included Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

26/05/2005 17:41