Former “American Idol” Contestant Scotty McCreery Is Engaged!
It’s been a good week for the American Idol family! On Monday, news broke that the show’s reboot had (finally) found its second judge, and now we’re hearing that former contestant Scotty McCreery is engaged to his girlfriend of six years, Gabi Dugal.
“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” 23-year-old McCreery said in a statement to People. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”
The country singer — who won season 10 of American Idol in 2011 — proposed to Dugal while the two were on a hike in the mountains of North Carolina on Tuesday. As soon as they reached the top of the peak they were climbing, McCreery dropped to one knee, asked his love to marry him, and presented her with a ring that he himself helped to design.
The pair, who have known each other since kindergarten, have always had a connection. Dugal even claims she still has a childhood diary that contains an entry that marks the first time they met. She knows this because she scrawled “Mrs. Gabi McCreery” on the page, surrounded by hearts. Yeah, that’s adorable!
You may recognize Dugal from McCreery’s music videos for “The Trouble With Girls,” “Feelin’ It,” and “Five More Minutes.” He also devoted an entire chapter to their relationship in his 2016 memoir, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Towards the Dream.
And now it looks as if they’re ready to write the next chapter of their love story when they marry next year.
Do you remember Scotty McCreery from his American Idol days? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!