Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Engaged?
08/18/2007 AT 11:00 AM EDT
After a late Friday night performance with his band Good Charlotte at the Hot 99.5 Lil' Black Dress Party hosted by Perez Hilton at the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, Va., Madden was walking offstage when Hot 99.5 morning show deejay Kane announced to the crowd, "He got engaged yesterday. Congratulations, Joel!"
To that, Madden quickly glanced back over his shoulder but was otherwise unresponsive as he made a hurried exit from the stage behind brother Benji.
"We heard this morning," Kane told PEOPLE following Good Charlotte's 40-minute set. Crediting he got the word from "good sources," Kane said he hadn't seen Richie since hearing the news, but added he had offered his congratulations to Madden earlier in the night. "He said, 'Thank you so much,'" recalled Kane.
"They're very excited about the baby and the wedding. They want to keep their personal life personal," he added.
That might not be so easy. On Thursday, during a visit to ABC's Live! With Regis and Kelly in New York, Madden was asked by cohost Philbin about "a little ring, or something." "I was hoping it would be a surprise, but now –" Madden responded. (Click here to watch the clip.)
While there were no sightings of Richie at the party, she and Madden, who are expecting their first child together, were spotted touring Washington, D.C., earlier in the day.
The pair, along with entourage in tow, popped into Nathans of Georgetown restaurant for a late lunch before making their way to the upscale Georgetown baby boutique Dawn Price Baby.