Former X Factor winner Ben Haenow proposes to long-term girlfriend Jessica Jones after eight years

His X Factor win was plagued by questions about when he would pop the question to his long-term girlfriend, in 2014.

But Ben Haenow has certainly waited for the limelight to fade until finding the right moment, after he finally announced their engagement this weekend.

The 31-year-old winner popped the question to dance teacher girlfriend Jessica Jones at the weekend, sharing the news with a sweet picture of the ring.

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Congratulations: Ben Haenow and his long-term girlfriend Jessica Jones confirmed their engagement at the weekend with a sweet black and white photo of the ring

The captionless black and white snapshot marked the occasion, showing their hands intertwined and the simple, classic diamond ring on Jessica's third finger.

It was met with a flurry of comments from fans, which appeared to share the same themes like, 'finally' and 'about time'.

The couple have been together for eight years, and when Ben won the singing competition as a solo artist in 2014, he was consistently asked about wedding bells.

Supportive: Jessica and Ben have been together for eight years, and she has supported him through the rollercoaster X Factor experience

At the time, the duo were not living together, and Ben had dreams of pursuing his music career in Hollywood. 

The couple met when they were at school together and Jessica has previously revealed that she first noticed Ben - who was a few years above her - when she was in her pre-teens. 

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline in December 2014, the beauty revealed that the couple had both had to make adjustments since Ben shot to fame on the ITV show last year.

'Our first date was a candlelit McDonald's,' she giggled. 'We haven't had time for date nights recently.

'It has been hard not seeing him and contact has been difficult as he is so busy, but he calls and texts whenever he can and I always get a call before bed which is lovely.

Finding fame: Ben shot to fame on the 2014 series of The X Factor, where he beat Fleur East to take the crown

'He's been very good at keeping me as involved as much as possible and he's so down to earth - he has stayed very grounded throughout the whole competition.' 

In January this year, the musician confirmed that he had parted ways with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco. 

It made Ben the fastest winner to be dropped by the music mogul since series one champion Steve Brookstein. 

The former van driver, 31 - who beat Fleur East to be crowned winner of The X Factor - penned a heartfelt letter to his 'loyal and loving fans' via his Twitter page to break the news.

The winner: At the time, his win was plagued by questions about when he would pop the question to Jessica

The Croydon crooner wrote: 'After what has been the most incredible experience working on my debut album, myself and Syco entertainment have decided to part ways.'

Ben added: 'Working with The X Factor and Syco has been the most amazing time of my life and has given me the best possible platform for the start of my career.

'I have the upmost respect for them both and cannot thank them enough for all the help and everything they have done for me this past year.'

Hitting back at claims the label were unimpressed with the sales figures of his self-titled debut album, Ben expressed his pride at making the record and explained he is looking forward to the 'next chapter' and 'next album'. 

Ben was automatically signed to Simon Cowell’s record label after winning the show and released his debut single Something I Need in December 2014. 

The track shot to the top of the charts, and Ben followed it with Second Hand Heart, a duet with Kelly Clarkson that he released in October 2015.

However, the song failed to crack the top 20 of the British charts. 

Dropped: In January, Ben became the fastest act to be dropped by Simon Cowell's music label Syco because his competitor Fleur was found to have had more success

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