Dancing With the Stars contestant Ryan Lochte‘s ballroom training will be put to good use post-show — he and girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid are engaged, the couple confirmed.
Lochte, who first subtly alluded to a relationship with Playboy model Reid during the 2016 Summer Olympics, surprised many followers yesterday (October 11) when he posted an Instagram photo in which he and Reid celebrated their commitment.
“Memories forever!!!#thelochtes” Lochte captioned a shot of the post-proposal moment, which finds him kissing Reid over a picturesque view of the Malibu coastline. “Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU.”
Reid added in a separate image of the couple relishing their new engagement.
Lochte tried to deny he was in a relationship when news outlets first ran stories that he and Reid were dating, but Reid stayed by his side, according to People. She offered her steadfast support after assailants stormed the stage to protest the swimmer’s DWTS bid, and he’s been truly lovestruck since.
In 2013, during the thick of Lochte’s singledom, he told People he had a very specific dream girl in mind, and that he couldn’t conceive of a relationship that was too weighty.
“Honestly, if she can make me laugh, then I’m pretty much sold,” he said. “If she’s not funny, she’s taking life too seriously and that’s definitely not how I live my life. I have fun in any aspect of life.”