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Tyson Fury row journalist West's boyfriend proposes on Big Brother

By Claire Williamson

Former BBC Newsline journalist Andy West is getting married after his boyfriend popped the question on Big Brother during a surprise visit to the house.

The gay 34-year-old left BBC Northern Ireland in controversy last year after objecting to boxer Tyson Fury's inclusion on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards shortlist.

The heavyweight boxing champion caused outrage after making controversial comments about homosexuality, women and abortion.

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Andy was among some contestants who were reunited with their partners as part of a task on the show.

West and boyfriend Ed had shared a romantic dinner when an emotional Andy asked: "Will you marry me?"

To which Ed replied: "Yes baby. I can do one better" before producing a ring and getting down on one knee in the Big Brother garden.

After saying yes, an emotional Andy said: "I’m so lucky. I knew it before but being in here, I can’t live without you. I can’t live without you."

Ed said: "You have made me stupidly proud.

"I’ll be honest, it’s been intense not being with you, not being beside you."

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