Whilst reminiscing about being given her engagement ring from fiancé Dan Bingham, former Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes could barely catch her breath from laughing.
Speaking exclusively to OK! during their engagement photo shoot, Chanelle, 34, and Dan, 40, discussed his "perfect proposal" earlier this year.
"I was in my dressing gown, hungover, looking like a dog’s dinner," a gushing Chanelle laughed. "Would you care to elaborate on that, Dan?"
I had plans to take her away, doing something really nice, but we just couldn’t get the timing right with studies, work and the kids," Dan tells us. "It was the day after my 40th birthday and I came downstairs to 40 different presents all lined up. Then I grabbed the ring so there was one extra surprise – just for her.
Chanelle added: "He said, 'They say life begins at 40, and I want to spend the rest of mine with you.' It was perfect. "I wouldn’t have had it any other way."
According to their recollection, it was then that businessman and father-of-one Dan, who shares 14-year-old daughter Amelia with his ex-partner, handed Chanelle – his first attempt – at an engagement ring.
"I had no idea what ring size to order," he tells us. "So I did what any self-respecting man would do and fished one out of her make-up drawer. But what I’d not taken into account was that Chanelle had a gastric sleeve operation and lost quite a lot of weight, so…"
"The ring fitted me like a bracelet!" Chanelle chimed in. Dan then laughs: "She could have used it as a belt!"
Reality star Chanelle – who appeared on the eighth series of Big Brother back in 2007 when she was just 19-years-old – received gastric sleeve surgery in August 2020, just months before being introduced to fiancé Dan.
Chanelle's weight had risen to 17 stone before she had under the knife and since then, she has wanted to wanted to show fans that despite her body not being perfect, she can still be happy.
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Though her first few dates with Dan, who has one daughter Amelia, 14, were held in the middle of a national lockdown and therefore involved eating takeaways and playing online music quizzes as opposed to being wined and dined, the pair quickly fell head-over-heels for each other, and back in April we exclusively revealed that he’d asked her to be his wife.
"The actual ring I chose was an 18 carat," Dan revealed. "And 1 carat diamond oval solitaire ring from Samara James."
"I don’t even want to know how much it cost," Chanelle insists. "I’d probably be mad at him for spending so much money!"
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