Rapper The Game has announced his shock engagement to actress Valeisha Butterfield, confirming the happy couple will wed next March.
The hitmaker, real name Jayceon Taylor, wanted to stage the wedding on the anniversary of his March 22 proposal but has since discovered that day doesn't fall on a weekend next year.
He tells urban magazine Sister 2 Sister, "March 22 of next year is a Wednesday, I think, or a Thursday."
The rapper confesses he surprised the actress with a 19-carat engagement ring: "She had no idea."
And in the article Butterfield admits she's still coming to terms with becoming the future Mrs. Taylor.
She says, "I was just as surprised as my family and everybody was ... I didn't pass out, but I buckled and he caught me."
And Butterfield, a political science major, dismisses reports her new fiance is a ladies' man -- because the couple had never even had sex before he proposed.
She adds, "We never dated, that's the thing; we went from being friends to being engaged. We never had sex ... We honestly did not have sex for the first time until after he proposed."
The couple planned a secret engagement dinner for family and friends in The Game's native California, but the celebration didn't stay low-key for long.
Butterfield explains, "When I walked in Lil' Jon was there, Hilary Duff was there ... and I thought it was going to be a small, private thing. But we had a good time."