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Congratulations are in order.

Cee Lo Green is engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend, Shani James, 38. According to People, the singer proposed over a year ago during a studio session.

“It was just a typical night at the studio, but then again, not so typical cause I did something extra special, out of the ordinary,” said 41-year-old Green.

The recording artist secretly purchased a ring that he and James picked out months prior.

“I went and purchased a ring that we had seen together, maybe four or five months or so prior. I went back and purchased the ring and I just kind of had it stashed away in some old equipment. And I said, ‘Will you reach in there and grab something for me?”

When James discovered the ring, she was floored.

“It was the most beautiful diamond ring I had ever seen in my life. It was lit up by a light,” says James. “I said, ‘What is that?’ He just looked at me and said, ‘Well…?’ And I was just like ‘Oh my goodness,’” said James. “I said, ‘Babe, I can’t believe it.’ He said, ‘You’ve been such a good woman. You’re such an amazing person. You’re my life partner. You’re my best friend. I want to share the rest of my life with you.’”

As for why they’re just now sharing the news, Green had this to say:

“Truth be told, it’s not something we wanted to promote. We’re a collective power together because our private life is sacred. But you know what, though, maybe it’s time. Maybe it is time for the world to know that I have a very secure situation and a loving woman supporting me the entire way.”

“I appreciate her openness and willingness to love unconditionally,” Green said. “She’s been so sweet to me through a number of different trials that come to test the resilience of a union to deem whether it’s worthy or not, whether it’s durable or strong enough. ”

Although they haven’t begun planning the wedding, he insists that they will do so when the time is right.

“I’m a pretty hands on person,” he said. “We’ll be prepared to be spontaneous.”

Green was previously married to former “Atlanta Exes” star Christina Johnson.

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