Russell Brand is believed to have popped the question to his pregnant girlfriend Laura Gallacher. The 41-year-old, who is preparing to become a first-time father, wanted to "do the right thing" by making Laura his wife, the Sun reports. The couple reportedly threw an engagement party at their home in Henley-on-Thames at the weekend, where they celebrated with friends and family, including Laura's famous sister Kirsty Gallacher.
A photo on Kirsty's Twitter page – thought to be taken at the party - shows her posing with her younger sibling, and sending her "congratulations to my gorgeous sister".
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Russell Brand has reportedly proposed to his pregnant girlfriend Laura Gallacher
Russell – who was previously married to Katy Perry – and 27-year-old Laura have taken care to keep their relationship out of the spotlight. A source told the newspaper: "Russell didn't want a big fuss this time after his very public relationship with Katy.
"Laura is also keen to keep their romance low-key, so the small, intimate party was very much in keeping with their 'homebods' image."
Kirsty Gallacher publicly congratulated her younger sister
The insider added: "As they are becoming parents, Russell wanted to do the right thing and make Laura his wife. She's delighted he asked."
Russell – who previously dated Jemima Khan – married US pop star Katy in October 2010 but they split just 14 months later, with their divorce finalised in July 2012.
Russell was previously married to US pop star Katy Perry
He has had an on-off romance with Laura for a number of years; after splitting in 2007, they were seen together in 2009, and then rekindled their relationship last year when they spent a romantic weekend together in Rome.
A source has said he is "absolutely made up" about Laura's pregnancy. "Most of his closest friends have children and he was desperate to start a family," the insider said. "He and Laura are thrilled to bits at the prospect of becoming parents. They have shared their happiness with close friends and family."