Katherine Jenkins - Katherine Jenkins proposed to by soldier
Katherine Jenkins was stunned when a soldier asked her to marry him - and she realised it wasn't a joke.
Katherine Jenkins recently received a marriage proposal from a soldier.
The Welsh singer regularly visits British troops abroad to boost morale in war zones and admits one lovestruck fan was so moved by her appearance that he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.
Quizzed whether she had ever been seduced by a soldier, the blushing blonde exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''I must say that in our military they are incredibly well-behaved and well mannered, they would never do that. However, when I was in Afghanistan, I did get a proposal. I went to meet one of the regiments and I guy got down on his knee and asked me to marry him!
''I thought the first time he was joking, and then in the concert that night I remembered his name - I think it's Rob - and I said, 'Is Rob in tonight?' He said, 'Yeah, I'm here!' I said, 'So, Rob asked me to marry him today', and I thought he would be like, 'Just joking!' but then he [hung his head] - he was absolutely serious!''
The 33-year-old star - who was awarded an OBE for her services to music and the military this January - has pledged to continue supporting British troops for as long as they need because performing for them is so spine-chillingly ''special''.
Katherine reminisced: ''My best memory is the very first time I went to Iraq in 2005, it was the day before Christmas Eve, and we did a concert in an empty aircraft hanger with 4,000 squaddies sitting on the floor, two back-to-back lorries as our stage. As I was standing there, helicopters were landing - we were in a war zone!
''I sang 'Over The Rainbow'. I was like, 'How are they going to respond to classical music?' And when I got to the chorus, they all sung it back to me. And it was that lump in the throat moment where you just think, 'Gosh this is quite special.' I have such admiration for our troops, I will go out there for as long as they need me. I think they're amazing!''
Katherine is returning to her musical roots by inking a three-album deal with classical music giant Decca Records, with her next album due for release in autumn 2014.