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08 Jan 2018

Strictly Star Alexandra Burke Announces Her Engagement

by rima@hitched

Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke has announced her engagement to boyfriend Joshua Ginnelly with a picture of her gorgeous ring on Instagram.

The 29-year-old singer shared a photo of her hand with the words “I said yes!” written on it and her giant sparkler facing towards the camera.

Instagram - @alexandramusic

Alexandra revealed that Joshua actually got down on one knee in Paris on December 18 but they decided to keep the news quiet “to enjoy this special moment”.

She wrote a heartfelt caption alongside the picture thanking Joshua for supporting her following the death of her mother last year.

“18-12- 17. I said YES! Smiling as I type this because it was the best day ever in Paris and so unexpected. 

“My soul mate and my love asked me something that I could only have dreamt of. Being in love is one of the most magical feelings life has to offer.

“So grateful for this amazing man in my life who has supported my family and I through so much,” the Strictly runner-up wrote.

Unbeknownst to Alexandra, Joshua had even managed to tell her mum Melissa about his plans to ask her to marry him before she died, she revealed.

Soul II Soul singer Melisa passed away in August 2017 after a nine-year battle with kidney failure at the age of 53.

“Something so amazing honestly felt so overwhelming because there was only one person I wanted to call when it happened.

“I know she is smiling and very happy for us both - because little did I know she knew about it,” Alexandra shared, with an angel emoji.

She finished the post: “Josh is someone who makes me so happy and I’ve never felt this kind of love before.

“Here’s to an amazing future that’s filled with love, joy and so much happiness.

“I love you Joshua Ginnelly. I can’t wait to see what our future brings and what God provides for us xxx”

Instagram - @alexandramusic

The X Factor winner Alexandra had kept fans guessing for weeks whether she had become engaged after she posted a series of pictures on Instagram with her ring finger covered, prompting speculation she was hiding a big diamond. And indeed she was!

It’s believed the couple started dating in April 2016 and Strictly fans have seen Joshua pop up on the show several times proudly supporting his partner as she bid for the trophy with dancer Gorka Marquez.

Congratulations to Alexandra and Joshua! 

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Published 8 Jan 2018 8:47 by rima@hitched