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‘N Sync member Chris Kirkpatrick proposed to girlfriend Karly Skladany during a trip to Italy and the couple is now engaged to be married.
Kirkpatrick told People he hadn’t planned a proposal, but the timing seemed right : "We had a hotel room at the Isle of Capri, overlooking the Mediterranean. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. And it hit me: I wanted to propose to Karly. So I ran to a jewelry store, found the perfect ring and bought it."
Kirkpatrick told E! Online of the proposal: “Karly is an amazing girl and I am so happy to make her my wife."
Kirkpatrick, 41, and Skladany, 28, have been dating for two and a half years. Skladany is a marketing rep. Her father is Ohio State punter Tom Skladany.
After he bought the ring, he said he called Tom Skladany to ask for his daughter’s hand, but he didn’t answer his phone, so Kirkpatrick left him a message saying he needed to talk.
“I was nervous, which was funny,” Kirkpatrick said. “He called right back and, of course, he gave his blessing."
He proposed on the balcony with champagne and said of the moment: “As soon as I asked her, she said, 'It's about time!' And we laughed. It was spur of the moment, but it was absolutely perfect.”
Kirkpatrick also spoke about not being invited to Justin Timberlake’s wedding saying: “He didn't want the wedding to be an 'NSync reunion and I totally understand that. There's really nothing negative about any of it.”
The couple says they will set a date for the wedding soon.