Siva Kaneswaran and Nareesha McCafferey
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12/09/2013 at 04:15 PM EST
Another British boy band member
has traded in the single life for a new fiancée. The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran has proposed to his girlfriend of six years, shoe designer Nareesha McCafferey, a rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"I found out Nareesha was planning a surprise party on my birthday with her family so I thought [it was] perfect," Kaneswaran tells the U.K.'s Hello! magazine
. "I'd bought the ring months before I'd been trying to figure out the right time."
And then Kaneswaran flipped the script on McCafferey's birthday party plans.
"I said to her I wanted a present I would always remember this year by ... for you to be my wife," he said. "It was like a military operation to plan the proposal. I couldn’t even tell the other boys in the band in case they blew the surprise."
But the proposal didn't go exactly has Kaneswaran had planned – he reveals he almost fainted when McCafferey initially said no to his proposal. She has since changed her mind.
"I don't like surprises and he really surprised me, but I was so happy," she says. "I can't wait to start planning the wedding."