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Watch: Couple get engaged at Michael Buble Belfast concert

Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

Proposals are daunting for most couples — but they have an added extra pressure when you do it in front of a sold-out crowd in the SSE Arena Belfast.

And that’s exactly what happened last night in front of more than 10,000 people.

Michael Buble was in town as he kicked off the first of his two nights here.

The crooner was on his second song of the night Haven’t Met You Yet when Freddie Neil (24) got down on one knee and popped the question to girlfriend Sasha Armstrong (25).

The couple from Portadown are childhood sweethearts as they met in primary school and have been together for 8 years.

The lively crowd had gone wild for Buble’s opener of Feeling Good and just at the end of his second song, they were sent into overdrive, as the proposal happened.

And it was timed perfectly as it happened just as Buble passed beside them on an extended walkway of a stage. 

Not many couples can say that a mega-star was among the first to congratulate them on their engagement.

Buble turned to them and said: “Congratulations! Did you just ask her to marry you? Did that just happen, just now?

“You’re crying — how long are you together?”

Michael Buble on stage last night at the SSE Arena
Michael Buble on stage last night at the SSE Arena
Freddie Neil and Sasha Armstrong
The couple embrace

Buble continued: “That’s beautiful you guys, congratulations. I hope I see you back here in eight years, I really do, in love with four kids.”

Speaking after the show Sasha said she was in shock.

“I can’t believe it - I cannot believe it. And why did Freddie choose tonight?”

He said: “I don’t know, it just felt right.”

The couple were on cloud nine as Buble later dedicated the song When I Fall In Love to them.

Sasha added: “It’s amazing — it’s so unreal, I just can’t believe it.”

And it was a night to remember — not just for the happy couple — as Buble soared effortlessly through his hits — with a mixture of swing, jazz and contemporary tunes.

There were lots of dancing, singing and selfies as the showman used the extended stage to interact with his fans.

He was emotional at times as he talked about his gratitude for those that had come to see him in Belfast.

“To have you show up means more than you know,” he said.

Buble shared that his orchestra had been touring around Northern Ireland on Sunday — and while some had went to the North Coast, others went to Titanic Belfast — and he was taken to Primark by his wife.

He joked it should be named “husband hell” as he described the numerous items his wife had purchased.

Buble’s charismatic performance was accompanied by a powerful orchestra and the most dazzling and impressive light display.

And at one point, he invited someone in the audience who wanted to have their moment singing with him to join him.

Conor from Belfast took the opportunity — and was met with rapturous applause and cheers as he delivered a powerful duet with Buble to Me and Mrs Jones.

A stand-out moment was Cry Me A River and of course, the classic Home.

He finished the night saying: “Thank you Belfast for being you, I love each and every one of you.’

More tickets have been released for tonight’s Belfast show and are available from ticketmaster — proposals are not guaranteed.

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