Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard get engaged in Los Angeles
Northern Ireland television presenter Christine Bleakley has become engaged to her boyfriend, Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.
The midfielder's agent Steve Kutner confirmed that Ms Bleakley accepted the surprise proposal while the couple were holidaying in Los Angeles.
"I am pleased to say that Christine Bleakley has accepted Frank Lampard's surprise engagement proposal here in LA," he said. "They are obviously both delighted but there are no immediate wedding plans and the couple will not be making any further comment on this happy and private occasion."
The couple have dated since they met at the 2009 Pride of Britain Awards.
Speculation of an engagement has been mounting in recent weeks, with a source telling a Sunday newspaper that the footballer intended to “propose in the most romantic way possible.”
“He’s got it all planned out. He will spend most of June away with Christine, and by the time he and Christine are back in London, they will be engaged.
“Frank wants it to be the perfect marriage proposal and is actually a bit nervous in case he fluffs his lines.”
Last July the couple stayed in Porto Cervo, an exclusive resort on the island’s Costa Smeralda which has overtaken the French Riviera as the preferred Mediterranean haunt of the rich and famous.