Scotty McCreery is engaged!
The country singer popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal, on Tuesday in the mountains of North Carolina.
Here’s how it went down: McCreery, 23, invited Dugal to go on a hike. When they reached the top of a mountain, McCreery dropped to one knee and asked Dugal to marry him. He gave her a ring that he helped design specifically for her. (Spoiler alert: she said yes.)
This engagement was a long time coming. The couple met in kindergarten while growing up in Garner, North Carolina. When they were young, Dugal used to write “Mrs. Gabi McCreery” — with a lot of hearts — in her diary. They began dating nearly six years ago during their senior year of high school.
“My fans instantly embraced Gabi once they learned we were dating and have always been loving towards her,” McCreery said in a statement to PEOPLE. “When she graduated college last year, many of them brought me gifts for her at my shows and book signings. I will always appreciate their kindness to her.”
Predictably, McCreery is overjoyed at the engagement.
“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” McCreery said. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”