Neil Diamond shares engagement news, picture of Katie McNeil
It's been a big week for Neil Diamond, who announced his engagement to Katie McNeil on Wednesday and was himself announced the same day as a 2011 Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
"Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well," he said on Twitter, following up with a picture of his bride to be and the declaration, "I'm lovestruck."
McNeil, 40, executive produced the 2009 TV documentary "Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC" and according to the Daily Mail works at Diamond's management company.
It will be the third wedding for the 70-year-old singer, who was previously married to high school sweetheart Jayne Posner, then to Marcia Murphey. Diamond and Murphey were divorced in 1995. He has two daughters from his first marriage and two sons from his second.
Diamond in July wrapped up a tour of concert dates down under and in Europe, starting in New Zealand in late February and ending with three shows at London's O2 Arena.
On the Kennedy Center Honors list, the "Sweet Caroline" and "Coming to America" singer is joined by actress Meryl Streep, singer Barbara Cook, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins. Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photos, from left: Neil Diamond accepting the Billboard Icon Award in Las Vegas in May (Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images); Katie McNeil in London in August (Neil Diamond / via Twitter)