Former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has become engaged to her American sports star boyfriend Tim Tebow in Florida in the United States. FILE PHOTO: Supplied

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SA’s former Miss Universe engaged to American sports star

CAPE TOWN, January 11 – Former Miss Universe, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, has become engaged to her American sports star boyfriend Tim Tebow, a statement said.

It said Tebow proposed to Nel-Peters at his family farm in Jacksonville, Florida on January 9 after the pair had dated since last April.

The former NFL quarterback and current Major League Baseball outfielder for the New York Mets secretly flew Nel-Peters’ family and some of her closest friends to the United States for the occasion.

He also flew in South African artist Matthew Mole to play Nel-Peters’ favourite song as he popped the question.

Flashing her flawless 7.25-carat diamond engagement ring, Nel-Peters said she was ecstatic and hadn’t stopped smiling since Tebow proposed.

“Any dreams I’ve ever had, Tim you’ve exceeded them all! I love you and I can’t wait to spend forever with you,” she said.

Tebow said during an interview with the American Today show last year that meeting Nel-Peters was a result of “seizing the moment”.

He also told sports television channel ESPN that she was “a really special woman and I am very lucky and blessed to have her coming into my life”.

The pair spent Christmas in South Africa with Nel-Peters set to return for a visit in February.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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