Entertainment Music Country Scotty McCreery and Wife Gabi Can't Wait to Move in Together — Though Keeping the Place Clean May Be a 'Challenge' After dating for six years, the American Idol alum and his wife are moving in together for the first time By Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 19, 2018 06:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Scotty McCreery is currently honeymooning with his wife Gabi Dugal in Bora Bora, but once the newlyweds are back from paradise they have something even more exciting to look forward to: moving in together. “We haven’t moved in together yet so I’m living with my guys and she’s living with one of her best friends,” the American Idol winner told PEOPLE exclusively ahead of their wedding on Saturday in North Carolina. “I love my guys but it’ll be much nicer coming back from the road and seeing my wife instead of three motley dudes sitting on the couch!” Though the couple, both 24, first met in kindergarten, they didn’t start dating until six years ago. Scotty McCreery Marries Gabi Dugal in North Carolina — All the Details! Krista Stevens & Amber Beasley - Six Foot Photography Inside Scotty McCreery’s Cute and Casual Engagement Photos “We’re both very independent people,” says Dugal, who’s a pediatric nurse at Duke University Hospital. “We’ve always known who we are by ourselves and we just complement each other when we’re together.” When their friendship first turned romantic, McCreery was candid about how tough his schedule could be on a relationship — but Dugal wasn’t fazed. Scotty McCreery Found His Proposal Spot by Accident: ‘I Completely Screwed Up and Got Us Lost’ Krista Stevens / Six Foot Photography Scotty McCreery Goes Deep on New Album — But Not with His Voice! “Her response to that was, ‘Well, that’s probably a good thing because if I saw you every day I’d probably get sick of you!’ I still remind her of that,” says the singer, whose single “This Is It” off his No. 1 album Seasons Change details their love story. “She’s a very strong, independent woman and don’t put up with no crap. She’s kept me on my toes. She loves to work and it’s not just all about what I’m doing in music. I support her dreams and she supports mine.” RELATED VIDEO: Scotty McCreery Is One of Those People! The Singer Says He Still Sings Christmas Music Well Into the Summer They’re also up for any challenges marriage may throw their way — including keeping their new home neat and tidy. Jokes McCreery: “We’re both not the cleanest people in the world, so we gotta work on that. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to!” For more on Scotty McCreery and new wife Gabi’s big day, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.