Nelly Furtado Engaged to Sound Engineer Boyfriend

The "Promiscuous" singer will wed Demo Castellon, who worked on her album Loose

Grammy winner Nelly Furtado is engaged to sound engineer Demacio “Demo” Castellon, who worked on her hit 2006 album Loose, PEOPLE confirms.

Their close friend, music producer Timbaland, gave a one-word reply when asked if the engagement was true: “Yes.”

The British Columbia-born Furtado, 28, told Blender in July 2006 she had a “secret boyfriend” of eight months, adding: “I just don’t really talk about it. It’s nobody famous or anything.”

Furtado has a daughter, Nevis, 3, with DJ and producer Jasper “Lil’ Jaz” Gahunia. She and Gahunia split in 2005 after four years together, but Furtado told Blender: “We’re fully active co-parents and really close friends.”

Asked why the two had never married, Furtado said, “I’m kind of modern. I don’t really live by society’s standards. Maybe in the next five years I’ll get married, have more kids. One grandmother had eight kids, the other had 10. If I have that many kids, then I would need a hubby.”

Furtado, who speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is currently recording her first Latin album, pulled off a clean sweep of Canada’s Juno music awards in April. Nominated in five categories, she won every one – including album of the year.

The engagement was first reported by

• Reporting by JESSICA HERNDON

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