Chatterbox Russell Brand was “lost for words” when he proposed to Katy Perry.
The British funnyman was completely moved when he asked the ‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer to marry him, and admits he was so overcome with emotion during the “magical” moment that he found it difficult to talk.
He said: “Katy sat down and I went onto one knee. It’s strange when life becomes all intense and serious like that. It becomes almost magical. And me, I’m not normally lost for words but in that moment I spoke dead quietly, asked her to marry me, and she said yes.
“It was very sweet and tender, and the world felt very small and perfect.”
Brand proposed to Perry in the early hours of New Year’s Day, during a romantic trip to India.
Although he was delighted with the proposal, he admits his original plan was to pop the question whilst riding on an elephant under the blue moon at midnight – but the animal panicked after fireworks filled the sky.
He explained on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’: “On New Year’s eve – at midnight – I’d organised all sorts of things to make it authentic and wonderful. There were these gentlemen in turbans holding blazing torches, the blue moon lit the sky.
“The elephant arrived at midnight, it was wearing make-up… it looked a bit tarty but it still had class. Truculent that elephant was. It had an attitude. We mounted the elephant because it was my plan to ask her to marry me on the back of that elephant at midnight.
“But the thing is, at midnight, they set off fireworks. Elephants don’t like fireworks and he had an attitude anyway.
“Thankfully he maintained control of his functions, but he really carried on. I thought: ‘This is not a way to start a marriage. On top of a big grey fleshy storm.’
“So what I did is we got off and we entered an area where there was a fountain.
“Flowers were scattered everywhere, the moon shone on. She sat down, it was quiet – the elephant had run off by then. It was like it knew it had been bad.”