La Toya Jackson Says “Yes” to Jeffré Phillips’ Proposal

Posted Wednesday June 4, 2014 9:15 AM GMT

They’ve been business partners for years and now La Toya Jackson and Jeffré Phillips have some wedding planning to do!

The 58-year-old singer/actress is overjoyed to be engaged, though Phillips actually popped the question while they were on vacation in Hawaii back in August, catching Jackson completely off-guard.

La Toya told People, “It wasn’t a fast yes. I had no clue. I couldn’t understand why he was so nervous.”

Phillips arranged a romantic meal with Jackson’s favorite foods and hid a 17.5-carat diamond ring under her dessert plate.

When Jeffré dropped to one knee, “My heart just stopped,” she gushed. "I was in total shock. We're best friends and we've been business partners forever. It was always professional – no one really crossed those boundaries."

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