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OTRC: Nick Carter engaged, carried 7-carat ring for 2 weeks

Nick Carter and fiancee Lauren Kitt appear in a photo posted on the singer's Instagram page on February 22, 2013. (http://instagram.com/p/WCsLdfuCoZ/)

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter is officially off the market. The 33-year-old announced his engagement to girlfriend Lauren Kitt on February 22.

"I had the ring in my pocket for two weeks," Carter told People magazine. The singer took 29-year-old Kitt to the Florida Keys to pop the question to his girlfriend of over four years, but ran into a few snags along the way.

Carter said that he intended to use his boat to go to a small island he spent time on as a child. He wanted to propose to Kitt on the island, but his boat was in bad condition because it had been neglected for almost six years.

"It took me five days literally on my hands and knees, scraping up my body [to fix it,]" Carter told the magazine. "The engine wasn't complete yet but we still decided to go out."

Carter, Kitt and a small group of friends and family members were able to make it out to what they now call "Engagement Island," although the engine did stall a few times. Carter proposed with a seven-carat diamond ring from XIV KARTAS, according to People.

Carter also posted a photo of the couple with a vague caption about the engagement on Instagram.

"Big question...great answer," he wrote.

Kitt, who is a fitness expert and an actress, said she had a few people to consult before the two settle on a wedding date.

"Our first thought was, 'We need to contact the Backstreet Boys and find out when their schedule will permit,'" Kitt told the magazine. The band, who reunited with member Kevin Richardson after six years in August, is currently working on a new album.

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