Chely Wright Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Lauren Blitzer

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Country crooner Chely Wright and girlfriend Lauren Blitzer are getting hitched, a rep for the star confirms to

The "Shut Up and Drive" singer, 40, met the GLBT Civil Rights activist doing volunteer work. Now the pair plan to wed in Connecticut in late summer. "You are the most beautiful women I have ever met," Blitzer tweeted to Wright Tuesday.

The engagement comes less than a year after Wright came out. For years she kept her sexuality a secret fearing rejection from the country music community.

When fellow country star John Rich confronted her about gay rumors in 2005, she lied. "John said, 'Hey, you've got to hit this gay thing head on, you're not gay are you? If you are, people won't have it. It's sick, it's deviant; it's unacceptable to country music fans'" she recalled on the Today show last year. "I lied, and I knew I had gone from not talking about it to, 'Now I'm a liar.'"

Of finally coming out last May, "it feels incredible," she said. "I feel as if it's my birthday."