Bob Geldof has proposed to his girlfriend of 18 years, Jeanne Marine.
News of the engagement broke this morning, on the same day that the inquest opens into the death of Bob's daughter Peaches Geldof.
Supermodel Jerry Hall, who is a close friend of Jeanne's, spoke about the proposal to the Daily Mail.
"Bob has proposed," Jerry said. "She is over the moon. Jeanne Marine has been a rock and a tower of strength over this. I'm so excited for her I am bursting to tell someone.i
Bob and Jeanne have been through hell, but they are determined something positive will come out of it. After all the sadness, we need something to focus on which will bring joy and light.
Jerry accompanied Jeanne to Peaches funeral in Davington, Kent, last week. She said the proposal had come 'out of the blue.'
"It makes you realise we all have to value what we have," she added.
Bob, 62, and Jeanne, 49, began dating after meeting at a dinner party in Paris, where he had fled after his divorce from Paula Yates in 1996.
Paula died of a heroin overdose four years later.
Results from toxicology tests today are expected to show that Paula and Bob's daughter Peaches, 25, also died from a heroin overdose.