Mark Owen is set to marry his long-term girlfriend Emma Ferguson, according to reports.

The Sun newspaper claims that the Take That singer recently proposed and is over the moon that she said 'yes'.

"I popped the question and Emma said yes," the paper reports him as saying. "I can't believe it. I'm so lucky. We plan to get married in the summer."

He will now join bandmate Gary Barlow in the married stakes; Barlow wed Dawn Andrews, a Take That backing dancer, back in 2000.

No Doubt Owen is also on cloud nine due to his group's comeback success. After ten years out of the pop limelight Take That are well and truly back in it.

Their first single since returning, Patience, shot straight to number one in the UK singles chart while the album it is taken from, Beautiful World, went to the top of the album chart yesterday.

And a whole host of celebrities turned out at the weekend to watch an audience with the group on ITV, including Peter Kay, the Spice Girls' Melanie C, Phillip Schofield and Girls Aloud.

04/12/2006 17:09:43