Ryan Lochte engaged to Playmate Kayla Rae Reid after nine months of dating... as he pops the question during $700 sunset helicopter ride
Ryan Lochte is engaged to Kayla Rae Reid after less than one year together.
The pair, who started dating in January, announced the happy news as they shared separate Instagram posts on Sunday evening after the romantic mountain top proposal.
Ryan popped the question with a huge diamond ring in Malibu Canyon, as he and Kayla watched the sunset and sipped champagne after a helicopter ride.
Scroll down for video
Exciting news!: Ryan Lochte announced his engagement to Kayla Rae Reid on Sunday
The 32-year-old disgraced Olympian posted a snapshot which showed Kayla flashing her engagement ring as she placed a hand on his cheek and kissed him.
According to TMZ, he had booked a $700 mountain top landing tour through Orbic Air.
The package promises 'a 50-55 minute helicopter tour and 30 minutes of private time on the peak with a complimentary toast, dessert and a rose.'
They brought along a photographer to capture the moment, and were both dressed in formal attire, with Ryan in a blue suit and the 25-year-old Playmate in a tight green dress.
Dazzling: The 32-year-old popped the question in Malibu Canyon with a huge diamond sparkler
Make them green with envy in Kayla's Topshop dress
Ryan Lochte and Kayla Rae Reid have gotten engaged, and while that huge rock on her ring finger is pretty impressive, it was her dress that really knocked our socks off!
Of course we can't wait to see what Kayla's wedding dress will be like, but for now the little green number she wore when Ryan popped the question will keep us ticking over. It's from none other than Topshop and we love the crinkled effect of the plisse fabric. The rich emerald hue is perfect for this time of year, plus the wrap front is super flattering.
At just $68, it's a great way to update your wardrobe for the new season, so click (right) to say yes to the dress!
Alternatively, go green and shop our top alternative picks in the edit below. Apt. 9's dress at Kohl's is spot on, or play with textures in this velvety number by Club L at ASOS. Or if you want to keep things simple, Missguided is the place to go! Decisions, decisions...
Love is in the air: Ryan proposed as he and Kayla watched the sunset and sipped champagne after a helicopter ride
He captioned his post: 'Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA.'
Kayla shared her own version of the picture, which was taken at a different angle, with the caption: 'Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU.'
The model, who likely had an idea that Ryan was going to propose, admitted she was scared before her first time on a helicopter.
But the pair looked like they were having the time of their lives as they shared Snapchats before and after the proposal.
Romance: Ryan's package cost $700 and included champagne, dessert and a rose
Nervous: Kayla - who probably had an inkling about what was going to happen - admitted she was scared ahead of her first time in a helicopter
Time to celebrate: After returning home the pair tucked into chocolate cake with strawberries
The happy couple have been together since January, according to Ryan, and in May he shared a photo of Kayla meeting his mother Ileana.
Last week, Ryan claimed they met in a Los Angeles club on January 22 and started dating three days later.
Bling bling: Kayla has been excitedly showing off her ring
He also told USA Today that he is ready to settle down with Kayla, after she supported him through the scandal which was sparked by him lying about being the victim of an armed robbery during the summer's Rio Olympics.
Ryan explained: 'My family says, "Don't you think it’s a little too soon?" I’m like, "Can you put a time on love? Can you?"
'When I realized this was "the one" was when she stuck behind me through this. She still loves me and she's still right there with me. '
Speaking to DailyMail.com in August, the Olympian's stunning model girlfriend had hinted that they met on dating app Tinder.
'He was on Tinder. I might be on Tinder,' Kayla said with a smile. 'That's all I'm going to say about it.'
Whirlwind romance: According to Ryan, the pair started dating in January after meeting in a club
Kayla travelled to Rio to cheer on Ryan during the Olympics, but he played down their romance and claimed he was 'active' and 'available' on Tinder.
However the athlete now regularly declares his love for the blonde bombshell on social media, and revealed that they had moved in together just over two weeks ago.
The swimmer was discussing the support he received after he was rushed by protesters when making his Dancing With The Stars debut.
That was fast: The disgraced Olympian confirmed he had moved in with the 25-year-old Playmate just over two weeks ago
'Especially my girlfriend, because I'm living with her now,' he told People. 'She's definitely just been so supportive.
'And my mom is calling me non-stop. I'm like, "Mom, stop calling me! I'm OK. I'm OK." She's like, "I'm just making sure you're OK!"'
Ryan is still in the dancing competition with Cheryl Burke as his partner, and is about to go into week five.
Still in the competition: Ryan and partner Cheryl Burke are about to go into week five of Dancing With The Stars
Most watched News videos
- CCTV captures final tragic moments of Mirna Salihin's life
- Mother shaves daughters hair after she 'bullies cancer girl'
- GRAPHIC CONTENT: 'Ghost' rises from body after fatal crash
- Bulls head butt each other then die instantly from brutal blow
- Shocking moment girl gets viciously beaten after starting fight
- Mother releases devastating footage of son's final moments
- Lorry smashes into car leaving driver with severe injuries
- Is this the creepy moment the corpse of a girl OPENS her eyes?
- 'Big fat gypsy wedding' in Romania goes on for FOUR days
- Groom ALREADY tired of marriage life just after 15 minutes
- 'Pascal's a G!' Kim Kardashian speaks well of her bodyguard
- GoPro captures the moment a croc swims amongst swimmers