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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard can't stop smiling as they're pictured for the first time since getting engaged

By Sarah Fitzmaurice

On cloud nine: Newly-engaged Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley couldn't stop smiling as they shopped at the Century City Mall in Beverly Hills earlier today

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard have been pictured for the first time since getting engaged in Los Angeles.

The delighted couple were spotted grinning widely as they shopped at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, shortly after the footballer popped the question.

Looking casual as they strolled through the shops, Miss Bleakley's engagement finger was noticeably bare - suggesting they may have been planning to buy a ring to seal the deal in a nearby jewellery store.

Frank, who has been dating the BBC presenter for a 20 months, got down on one knee while the couple were in L.A. following a romantic break in Las Vegas.

The footballer's agent Steve Kutner today said: 'I am pleased to say that Christine Bleakley has accepted Frank Lampard's surprise engagement proposal here in LA.'

He added: 'They are obviously both delighted but there are no immediate wedding plans, and the couple will not be making any further comment on this happy and private occasion.'

Leading the congratulations were Bleakley's Daybreak colleague Kate Garraway, who praised Lampard with 'the boy done good', and fellow breakfast show presenter Lorraine Kelly.

Frank's proposal contradicts reports last month that Lampard was planning a romantic proposal on board one of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's luxury yachts.

Celebration: Bleakley's ITV colleagues Lorraine Kelly and Kate Garraway sent their congratulations on Twitter

A source had said: 'Frank intends to propose in the most romantic way possible. He's got it all planned out. He will spend most of June away with Christine and by the time he and Christine are back in London, they will be engaged.'

Earlier this week Christine,and Frank, were spotted acting extremely affectionate to one another during their holiday in Las Vegas.

The couple were pictured last week kissing and cuddling as they made the most of their romantic holiday as they lazed around the pool.

Miss Bleakley couldn't resist pulling in her beau for a series of kisses as they basked in the sunshine before taking a dip in the water showing off her incredible bikini body.

Engaged: Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley are now engaged after the Chelsea footballer surprised the Daybreak presenter with a shock proposal in LA

And the feeling was most definitely mutual, as Lampard cheekily kept grabbing his girlfriend's pert posterior as they relaxed at their hotel.

Christine has made no secret of her wish to start a family and speaking on Daybreak earlier this year she said: ‘For me, I’m 31, I don’t have babies. And for me, having children is the biggest and most important thing I’m ever going to do in my life.’

‘It’s not about my career, it’s not about your job or anything else, it’s about that.’

Matching muscles: Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard show off their toned bodies as they enjoy a holiday in Las Vegas

Speaking to the Daily Mail in May Christine quashed rumours that the Chelsea star might have proposed and said: 'People keep asking when he’s going to ask me to marry him. But I’m the last person who should know that,’ she says. ‘We went to Paris for two days a few weeks ago and suddenly it was, “Look, they’re ring shopping.” No, we weren’t and he certainly hasn’t asked.

‘We’ve only been seeing each other a year and a half, which isn’t long enough for me. There are his children to think about, too.'

Frank and Christine met at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009 after being introduced by Piers Morgan and England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

Romantic rendezvous: The pair share a laugh as they bask in the sun at their hotel

Speaking about their meeting she said:‘They strolled up to me and said, “Someone wants to meet you”, and Frank appeared.

The footballer has two children with his ex-fiancée Elen Rivas, Luna, five and Isla, four.

Frank split from the Spanish model in November 2008 after seven years together.
This is the second engagement for Bleakley - she was previously engaged to Dublin restaurant owner Christian Stokes in 2004.

Pucker up: The couple's love for each other is clear as they kiss and cuddle in the hotel pool

Come here for another smooch: Christine pulls in Frank for another romantic clinch as they relax on the sunloungers at their hotel


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