Country star Garth Brooks asked his ex-wife's permission to propose to bride-to-be Trisha Yearwood because he wanted to make sure she was OK with his marriage plans.

Brooks called his first wife SANDY to ensure she'd be accepting of the new Mrs Brooks before he got down on one knee at a Bakersfield, California concert earlier this year (05).

He says, "The truth is, she's (Yearwood) gonna be around our children.

"I expect her to do the same but she'll be her own person if she remarries."

Meanwhile, Brooks and Yearwood are building a house together and plan to wit until it's completed before setting a date.

Brooks adds, "For the first time ever we're building a house from the ground up and when that house is done we want to get married in that house."