It was only their second official outing together at a public event, after an appearance at the Grammys
|"My God, you are so gorgeous," Nicole apparently told the singer when she met him at an LA party in January 2005. After giving him her number, the star waited for his call, telling girlfriends about a guy who was "5ft 10in, with long blonde hair, blue eyes and a body that's hot".
Normally "shy and nervous", when it comes to men, she was bowled over. On tour and just out of a relationship, Keith waited until the spring to get in touch. When he did ring, they went for a walk through New York's Central Park. Meals and rides on his motorbike followed. Nicole found the whole experience completely "liberating". By November they were reportedly engaged, although she waited until May to break the news publicly.
Privately she told friends: "Keith's decent, soft-spoken, incredibly smart, sensitive and sexy. He really is the total package. He understands me and my world."