Scotty McCreery Gets Engaged to Gabi Dugal

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Country singer Scotty McCreery has popped the question to longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal.

The pair first met while in kindergarten together in Garner, N.C. After becoming lifelong friends, they began dating six years ago during their senior year of high school. During a recent hike in the mountains of their home state, McCreery decided it was the perfect time to propose.

"I've been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened," he says. "Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife."

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Fans seem to be ecstatic about the upcoming nuptials. Dugal, a pediatric cardiac nurse, has actively interacted with fans over social media in recent years.

"My fans instantly embraced Gabi once they learned we were dating and have always been loving towards her," McCreery says. "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."

The pair are planning to wed sometime in 2018. Congrats to the happy couple!

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