Jessica Hayes engaged

Jessica Hayes is engaged credit:Bang Showbiz
Jessica Hayes is engaged credit:Bang Showbiz

Jessica Hayes has got engaged.

The former 'Love Island' star - who won the first revamped series of the show with Max Morley in 2015 - was stunned when her property developer partner, who is known only as Zeb, popped the question last month while they were on a surprise trip to Ibiza.

She said: “We’d only been together for a year so I wasn’t expecting it. It was a massive surprise.

“We went there on a private jet which was just crazy!

"I asked him to get some videos of me for Instagram so I was just there posing away on the edge of a cliff, and then I turned around and he got down on one knee! I was like, 'Oh my God, are you joking? Are you pranking me? Is this a real ring?'

“I didn’t get emotional at all and then about three days later I started crying when it sank in.”

The couple, who moved in together in September, met through friends at a time when the 29-year-old beauty wasn't looking for love as she was still struggling in the aftermath of having a late miscarriage and losing her son Teddy in November 2020 and splitting from fiance Dan Lawry - the father of her three-year-old son Presley - six months later.

Jessica told OK! magazine: “I’d had a really tough year and when I look back I was at breaking point and struggling so bad with everything.

“I was really at rock bottom and I wasn’t ready to meet someone as I was healing from what had happened.

"Then Zeb just came along and really saved me in so many ways. As soon as I saw him I was obsessed and we were just inseparable from then on. I just knew he was for me.

"When things are going wrong, it’s hard to pick yourself up and picture anything else, but I 100% believe that even the bad things you go through in life are things falling apart so better things can come together.

"I wouldn’t have expected everything to be so good now and I’m so happy. When you’re in something you don’t always realise how bad and toxic things are until you’re in a normal, happy relationship.”

While the couple have only been engaged for a month, Jessica wants them to marry "soon" and has big plans for their nuptials as she wants “three weddings with three dresses”.

She said: “I’ve got in my head what I want to do at my dream place so I’m set on something now.

“It would be so much money but you’ve got to dream big, average is boring!

“I’m really excited, but I know these things get booked up so far in advance so it’s hard to get a spot. It’s also abroad and it’s hard as you want all your close family there, so I think I might have to have three weddings so I can celebrate with everyone.

"Then I can have three dresses, too! The brand I love is Berta."