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Robbie Williams is engaged, his mother confirms

Robbie Williams and his mother Jan

Robbie Williams has proposed to his girlfriend, the pop star's mother Jan has confirmed.

Williams asked actress Ayda Field to be his "betrothed for the end of time" on an Australian radio show, but it was initially perceived to be a joke.

However, Jan Williams told BBC Radio 5 live that her son had revealed his proposal plans to her "a week ago".

She said she was "really pleased" for the couple, adding: "I've always wanted a daughter-in-law."

However, it is still not clear whether the radio proposal was for real - or whether Williams had popped the question beforehand.

Asked when she thought the wedding would be, Mrs Williams said: "I don't think it will be that far in the not-too-distant future, but that's all I'm going to say on that."

'Lovely match'

She added: "I'm very excited. I'm really pleased. They've been together for nearly three years, so it's about time.

"She's a great mate, as well as a lover. She's got all the qualities that he needs in a girl. It's a lovely match."

Williams was appearing on the Australian radio station 2Day FM, when breakfast show host Jackie Henderson told him that Sydney had a reputation for celebrity proposals.

Ayda Field
Ayda Field has been with Robbie for nearly three years

Turning to his girlfriend, the 35-year-old said: "Ayda Field, I love you so much. Do you mind being my betrothed for the end of time?"

Field, who was in the studio at the time, laughed before saying: "I would love to be your betrothed 'til the end of time."

He then borrowed Henderson's frog ring and slipped it onto Field's finger. However, Mrs Williams told the BBC her son had already purchased a genuine engagement ring.

For the remainder of the show, Williams accepted the congratulations of fans who phoned in to speak to him.

But when one caller asked Williams to divulge the last lie he had told, he replied: "I told one this morning.

"I mainly just tell people the truth. With the exception of a few white lies here and there."

Earlier this month, Williams told Jonathan Ross on his chat show that he thought he was "going to be a bachelor" until he met Field.

"I was introduced to Ayda and things just changed. She's a wonderful person and I'm in love. She's really broody and I'm getting there," he said.

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