BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood today revealed she is engaged on live TV today but is keeping the identity of her fiancé secret.
The weatherwoman, 59, couldn’t contain her glee as she offered viewers a glimpse at her new engagement ring this morning while visiting the Chelsea Flower Show.
Carol, who was married to property developer Jimmy Kirkwood for 18 years until they divorced in 2008, is believed to have met the mystery man around five years ago.
Today she waved he engagement ring and told BBC Breakfast hosts Sally Nugent and Jon Kay they are ‘thrilled’ to getting married – and revealed her partner proposed during a picnic.
‘We got engaged when we were on holiday so it’s lovely news and we’re both thrilled,’ Carol said, adding: ‘We went out for a picnic, I had no idea’.
She went on: ‘The weather was glorious. We were sitting, chatting, my other half was a wee bit nervous for some reason that I didn’t know, he was fumbling in his pocket and out came a ring. I thought he was joking actually, I didn’t believe him to start with but it was lovely – it was quite romantic.’
Carol has previously said she and her partner have both agreed to keep their relationship private, but gushed that he is the ‘best thing that’s ever happened to me’.
Chatting with Prima Magazine in 2021, the TV star said: ‘He always makes me a cup of tea before I go to work in the morning, which is very romantic – it’s 2.45am and he often leaves me a little love note for when I come home from work. That, to me, is worth a million red roses’.
Congrats! BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood announced that she is engaged live on air on Monday morning’s show as she flashed her bling new engagement ring
Excitement: Presenters Sally Nugent and Jon Kay seemed thrilled with the good news as they clapped in the studio
Today Carol revealed the happy news as she appeared live from Chelsea Flower Show.
As soon as the camera panned to her, Sally and Jon were more keen to hear about her good news than the show.
Noticing the glimmering ring on her left hand, Sally teased: ‘I’m a little bit concerned about you this morning, I don’t know how you’re managing to stand up with that giant rock on your left hand,’ as Jon laughed beside her.
Blushing, the weathercaster let out a giggle and said: ‘Oh that one? Thanks, yeah it is rather nice, I got engaged’
Thrilled: Nothing that she and her partner were ‘thrilled’, while Sally and Jon beamed in the studio
Work can wait! During the morning show, Carol appeared live from Chelsea Flower Show – but as soon as the camera panned to her, Sally and Jon were more keen to hear about her good news than the show
Pushing Carol to spill some details, Sally continued: ‘Can we confirm to the nation what’s happened?’
‘I think you just have Sal! Yes I got engaged.’
A delighted Jon said that he and everyone in the studio were ‘chuffed’ for Carol, as Sally began a round of applause for her colleague.
Jokingly questioning if Carol was ‘looking for a marquee’ while at the flower show, the star said that they had ‘no plans’ for the nuptials just yet.
Happy: ‘Yes I got engaged, we got engaged when we were on holiday so it’s lovely news and we’re both thrilled,’ Carol explained
Pals: A delighted Jon said that he and everyone in the studio were ‘chuffed’ for Carol, as Sally began a round of applause for her colleague
Private: Despite keeping the relationship with her mystery fiance fairly under wraps in public, Carol has previously gushed that her beau was the ‘best thing that’s ever happened to me’
Carol was previously married to cricket player Jimmy Kirkwood, but the pair split in 2008 after 18 years of marriage.
Carol previously spoke about her divorce in an interview with the Radio Times.
The weather presenter had married Jimmy in 1990, but parted ways in 2008. Their divorce was finalised in 2012.
‘I found myself when I got divorced. I started to do things and to think, “I’m not going to say no, I’m going to say yes.
‘I’m braver now. I’ve flown with the Red Arrows, jumped out of planes with the Red Devils.’
Following her divorce, Carol went on to star in Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 with her dance partner Pasha Kovalev, and spoke about her love life after the demise of her marriage.
‘I was married for a long time, and I got married quite young, so it’s nice doing things I have the freedom to do now, if I want to go out to the theatre or go out with friends for dinner, I’ve got that freedom.’
A year after starring on the show, Carol said she was seeing someone, stating: ‘I’m very happy in my relationship status at the moment. I’m not single. I’d just started seeing somebody, so it was ok, it didn’t matter.’
‘I’m braver now’: Following her divorce, Carol went on to star in Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 (pictured with Pasha Kovalev), and spoke about her love life after the demise of her marriage