By KATIE NICHOLL
'Perfect match': Gethin Jones and Katherine Jenkins
Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins is ‘over the moon’ after getting engaged to long-term TV presenter boyfriend Gethin Jones.
The couple, who met on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing three years ago, will tie the knot next year.
Friends of the 30-year-old mezzo-soprano say she immediately accepted after Jones proposed last month.
Jones, 32, who is also Welsh, and was once voted Bachelor of the Year by Company magazine, got down on bended knee and popped the question.
Her ring – described by a source as ‘totally fabulous’ – came from Bond Street jeweller Goode and Son, which is by private appointment only.
Friends say Miss Jenkins and the former Blue Peter presenter are planning to marry in Wales next summer.
A source close to the couple told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Gethin proposed last month, it was a wonderful start to the year for both of them. Katherine is so happy and can’t wait to start planning her wedding which will be next year. They both have busy schedules and Katherine is touring a lot this year, but they will start planning soon.
‘Wales is an obvious choice for their wedding. It’s where they both come from and Katherine has always said that she would go home to be married. They are both very happy and in love and their family and friends are equally delighted for them. They are such a well-suited couple – a perfect match.’
'So happy': The couple have been dating since 2007 and plan to marry in the summer
The notoriously private pair have already decided that there will be no tacky wedding magazine deal on their big day.
Last summer they moved into a £4.7 million house in Richmond, South-West London, prompting rumours that they were thinking about getting wed.
Asked whether she wanted children in a recent interview, the singer said: ‘Oh definitely, one day. I can see myself married with children. I want to be a really good mum. Ultimately I would want to be able to combine both a family life and my singing career.’
The couple met in 2007 when Gethin was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and Katherine made a guest appearance on the show.
He has said of their relationship: ‘It’s good and if I wasn’t happy, you would know it.’
A spokesman for Ms Jenkins said last night: ‘Katherine and Gethin are engaged but there is no further comment.’
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