Ryan Lochte has gotten engaged to former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid.
The pair shared Instagram pictures Sunday night of the 25-year-old Reid sporting a big diamond ring in front of a Malibu backdrop. Reid’s photo included the note, “Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU.”
The 31-year-old Olympic swimmer and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant told USA Today for a story published last week that he was ready to ask Reid to marry him. He says they met in January at a nightclub and he realized she was “the one” after she stuck by him during his recent controversies.
Two men rushed the “Dancing with the Stars” stage last month to protest Lochte for lying about a drunken encounter during the Rio Olympics.
The pair only began dating this past March, and he confirmed in May that he was in a relationship with a woman who wasn’t a swimmer.
But things moved quickly for the couple, and after she stood by him during his controversy at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when he claimed that he’d been robbed at gunpoint, he knew she was the one.
“She’s stuck behind me this whole entire time when I was at my darkest point and she was my rock,” Lochte revealed. “That’s when I knew, I’m not letting this one go!”
“She liked a ring on her Instagram, and I saw it and I remembered it. So I wanted to get that same design, and I went to a jeweller that I know, and I was like, ‘You have to make me this special ring.’ But the ring she liked was only like two or three carats — and I said, ‘No, I want to make it bigger, I want everyone to know that she’s taken!'”
“We’re not going to hurry up and get married really quick,” he said. “We want to plan out everything, make sure it’s perfect, and I want to be there for her with all the flowers and everything, all the planning, because I want to be a part of it!”