November 1, 2006--Last night during Jeff Bates' performance at the Grand Ole Opry, he called Kelly Vaughn, his girlfriend of three years, to the Ryman stage, got down on one knee and proposed, reports countrynation.com.
Stunned and speechless, Kelly nodded yes.
Following the proposal, GAC's Country Music Across America caught up with the couple. Jeff admitted three years was a long time to make Kelly wait for him to pop the question. But after years of personal setbacks and heartbreak, Jeff wanted to make sure the timing was right.
"I finally got over being afraid -- afraid to love again, and afraid to let somebody depend on me," he explained.
Asked when the big day would be, Kelly responded, "Yeah, baby. When's the wedding?"
Jeff answered, "That's to be determined and discussed."
Kelly added, "I hope soon!"