Made In Chelsea and Celebrity Big Brother star Ollie Locke has announced his engagement to a childhood friend.
The reality favourite stunned fans on Tuesday afternoon by revealing he’d accepted a proposal from partner Gareth Locke after they quietly began dating earlier this year.
Ollie, 30, shared a screenshot to Instagram showing the couple’s engagement announcement in The Times newspaper.
It read: “Mr O.J.M. Locke and Mr G.P. Locke. The engagement is announced between Oliver, son of Sarah and John Locke of Southhampton, and Gareth, son of Margaret and David Locke of Suffolk.”
Ollie added a caption saying: “I have known him for 10 years, and at many of my most important life moments he was in the background.
“Earlier this year we realised that what we had both been looking for was standing in front of us all along, the greatest hint was probably that we already have the same surname!”
Ollie continued: “I have never been happier and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with someone who makes me smile like this every day!
“On Sunday I said yes Xx.”
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I have known him for 10 years, and at many of my most important life moments he was in the background. Earlier this year we realised that what we had both been looking for was standing in front of us all along, the greatest hint was probably that we already have the same surname! I have never been happier and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with someone who makes me smile like this every day! On Sunday I said yes Xx @garethplocke
Ollie tagged in Gareth to the Instagram post, marking the first time he’d identified his partner on social media.
He’d previously posted a handful of photos of himself and Gareth, but always kept Gareth’s face obscured from the camera and his identity concealed.
Gareth, meanwhile, shared his own post to Instagram showing the couple together with the caption: “Feeling blessed he said yes! Love you.”
Fans were absolutely over the moon for the couple!
One wrote: “This is brilliant news! Glad to see you so deliriously happy Ollie! No doubt you 100% deserve it! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.”
Another said: “I’m so glad you got your happy ending you deserve it.”
A third added: “Congratulations! You have found what we all search for and what we are lucky to find when we do! Makes my heart happy for you!”
Other fans admitted they hadn’t even realised Ollie had a boyfriend, let alone a fiancé.
One fan commented the news was “unexpected” but amazing, while many more joked at least Ollie and Gareth wouldn’t have to worry about changing their surnames after marriage!
Ollie found fame on E4’s Made In Chelsea and was one of the show’s original castmembers, first appearing in the debut series back in 2011.
Since then, Ollie has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014, finishing in third place in series 13 behind winner Jim Davidson and second-placed Dappy.
He also featured on Celebs Go Dating earlier in the year, before finding love with Gareth, and Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.
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