New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are finally engaged to be married, according to officials from the PM’s office.
Speculations about impending nuptials for the couple have been swirling for the past week or so, and Ardern was spotted at an official ceremony at Pike River today with a diamond ring on her left hand, but worn on her middle finger.
However, a spokesperson for Ardern subsequently confirmed that the couple got engaged over the Easter Weekend, and that Ardern had been wearing the ring ever since – though apparently switching fingers until an official media confirmation could be made.
Gayford and Ardern met at a restaurant awards event in 2012, and began dating in 2013. The couple welcomed their first child, Neve Te Aroha, in June of last year.
Ardern’s long, but unmarried, relationship has been the subject of frequent media curiosity, with Ardern having to frequently deny engagement rumours in the past.
In an interview with the BBC last year, Ardern was asked whether she would consider turning the tables on Gayford by proposing to him, her response was the frankly perfect “no, I want to put him through the pain and torture of having to agonise about that question himself, that’s letting him off the hook, absolutely not.”
This is all, and I cannot stress this enough, EXTREMELY BLOODY CUTE.
GO YOU GOOD THINGS!Source: Stuff.co.nz
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