Britain's greatest-ever female gymnast Beth Tweddle has revealed she is to marry her boyfriend Andy Allen.
In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine to announce the happy news, the sports star tells how the engagement is the perfect end to a traumatic year which saw her break her neck in a skiing accident while training for Channel 4 TV show The Jump.
The couple tell how Andy got down on one knee and presented his girlfriend of two years with a diamond solitaire in Brazil's Iguaza National Park following Beth's stint as a BBC commentator for the Rio Olympics.
"I was totally shocked! I knew he was the one for me, but I had absolutely no inkling of what he was planning to do, or that he'd been brought a diamond ring with him to Rio. It was a moment I will never forget. I am so excited about the future," Beth tells HELLO!
The couple opened up about their engagement
"At first I wasn't sure it was something I should do. But it had been a really bad year and I thought it would be a lovely way to finish it off,' adds Andy.
The 31-year-old Olympic bronze medallist, who is now retired from gymnastics, also reveals that she is dealing with mental, as well as physical scars from the accident in Austria in February.
"It's something I still find hard to talk about," says Beth. "I am still seeing a psychologist to process what happened, and am working with my physiotherapist and surgeon at getting full range in the neck and getting everything to strength. It's still quite a long road."
She also tells how her new fiancé has helped nurse her back to health.
"He is the one waking me up and seeing me sobbing my heart out. My parents and friends have been there for me, but Andy is the one who sees me at night when I am really struggling."
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