has dismissed rumors he proposed to his longtime girlfriend Nicole Richie
on Valentine's Day, insisting they have "been engaged for a while."
The happy news broke this week after the socialite was spotted showing off her new ring while dining out with the rocker in New York on Monday night. Online gossip
suggested the Good Charlotte
star popped the question on the romantic holiday, but Madden is adamant the wedding plans were put into action much earlier.
In a post on his Twitter.
com page, Madden writes, "Yep. I'm engaged. Very happy. Yeah we've been engaged for a while so you're all kind of late on that. But, thanks for the hoopla all the same."
The post was subsequently removed from Madden's page, according to ETOnline.
The couple has two children together, Harlow, two, and Sparrow, five months.
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