Celebrity EXCLUSIVE: Benji Madden, Sophie Monk Engaged The Good Charlotte rocker proposed to the actress in her native Australia By Julie Jordan Julie Jordan Instagram Twitter Julie Jordan is an Editor at Large for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand for 25 years, holding various roles in the Los Angeles Bureau including Associate Bureau Chief. In 2006, she relocated to the Midwest where she continues to cover all things entertainment and Hollywood, including celebrity covers, features and specials such as Sexiest Man Alive and the Beautiful Issue.Prior to joining PEOPLE, Jordan freelanced for magazines such as SOUTHERN LIVING and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is well-versed in what it takes to be the Sexiest Man Alive (having interviewed 11 of them for their cover stories) and considers shooting a confetti cannon on-stage alongside Garth Brooks during his performance of "Friends in Low Places" a career highlight. People Editorial Guidelines and Mary Margaret Published on January 2, 2007 10:20 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden and Australian actress Sophie Monk are engaged, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Benji proposed to Sophie in Australia on Christmas Eve,” says Monk’s publicist, Kacey Spies. “They are very excited and enjoying this time with family and friends.” Madden gave Monk a Neil Lane platinum diamond ring. In September, Madden and Monk, both 27, were spotted kissing over lunch at L.A.’s Newsroom Café. That night, they stepped out again for dinner at The Ivy. In October, Madden’s twin brother, Joel, who recently split with Hilary Duff, told PEOPLE of Monk, “I love (Benji’s) girlfriend. She’s so cool. I hang out with her, we have a great time. She’s really similar to me – she’s very care-free.” Added Madden, “(Love is) “the most rewarding thing in the world. It makes everything else in your life more rewarding. Your work, your family. Home, everything. It’s great. It’s a singer/songwriter thing – we’re just hopeless romantics.” Monk appeared in Date Movie and Click and stars in the comedy Spring Breakdown, in theaters April 13. Good Charlotte’s next album will be released on March 20.