HIGHER LEARNING star Omar Epps is overjoyed with the way his Valentine's Day went this year (04) - because his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal.

Epps got engaged to his belle KEISHA SPIVEY, of SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS' girl group TOTAL, who is also expecting his baby this summer (04).

The actor coos, "We've known each other for 12 years and we've been together for about a year-and-a-half.

"She's like my best friend and I kinda like never knew. It's like when you leave the keys in the door and you're looking around the house for the keys and they're right there."

But Epps, who stars alongside Meg Ryan in the upcoming movie AGAINST THE ROPES, admits thinking up the right way to propose to Spivey was a nerve-wracking event.

He explains, "I was like, 'What am I gonna do? There's always Central Park. There's always some great restaurant.' We were in the hotel and I ordered up some food. She was sleeping and I hid the ring in the food. She was like, 'Oh my God!'"

Epps was previously engaged to his LOVE + BASKETBALL co-star Sanaa Lathan.

24/02/2004 21:04