Singer Robbie Williams on one knee in Sydney

Sydney, Nov 27 (DPA) British crooner Robbie Williams proposed to actress girlfriend Ayda Field live on a Sydney commercial radio station Friday.

Williams, former singer with boy band Take That, is in Australia on a concert tour to promote his new album, Reality Killed the Video Star.

The proposal came when Williams was told Sydney had a reputation for hosting celebrity weddings, as both Elton John and Michael Jackson had held impromptu weddings in the harbour city.

Neither marriage lasted.

“Is there anyone you want to get married to?” Williams asked Field. She replied: “This is so awkward.” To which Williams said: “Will you marry me?”

After a pause, Field, 30, answered: “Yes, I’ll marry you.”

Williams borrowed a ring from the radio show host to slip on Field’s finger and asked: “Would you be my betrothed until the end of time?” To which she responded: “I would love to be your betrothed until the end of time.”

Whether the pair knew it or not, a betrothal is an engagement to be married rather than a marriage. What they actually committed to was an everlasting engagement.