Love Island star announces surprise engagement on Instagram – 'I couldn't be happier'
Love Island alumnus Jonny Mitchell announced his engagement to girlfriend Danielle Zarb-Cousin on Sunday night via Instagram.
The 27-year-old reality star gushed about his new fiancée, saying he “knew from the first time they met” he would marry her.
Jonny, who starred in last year’s season of the ITV2 reality show, took the model to Switzerland for the romantic proposal.
He got down on one knee at the Villa Honegg hotel after the couple, who are enjoying a Christmas road trip across Europe, stopped off in the Swiss mountains.
Sharing a picture of the two of them in a pool on Instagram, Jonny wrote: “It sounds clichè, but I knew from the first time I met this girl that I was going to marry her.
“I probably would’ve proposed to her within the first month of knowing her if it wasn’t totally weird!
“She’s basically the girl version of me and gets me in every way humanly possible. She’s a beautiful, caring soul inside and out.”
Concluding the touching post, he finished: “She’s there for me through thick and thin and puts up with all my crap and now she’s my fiancée and I couldn’t be happier.”
Discussing the idyllic proposal, Jonny told OK! magazine: “I arranged a photographer to basically hide in the bushes and capture it all with the mountains in the background.
“Danielle reacted as I hoped and was over the moon, and luckily said yes!”
He continued: “We’re both feeling amazing now, and just enjoying the rest of our time away with each other.
On Instagram, Danielle wrote: “We’re engaged! I get to marry my best friend @jonny_mitchell1991 I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.
“Wow what a magical day. After an early morning and long drive we arrived at a beautiful hotel in the mountains in Switzerland and then my best friend proposed to me!”
The couple have been inundated with messages from well wishers, many of whom commented on Jonny’s Instagram page.
One wrote “Congratulations to you both”, while another added: “Congratulations guys! I’m so glad you’ve found your soulmate!”
A third commentator shared: “You’re both so loved up. So pleased to see some love! Congratulations to you both!”
Someone else said: “Amazing! Congratulations to you both you are both beautiful people inside and out. Don’t let nobody tell you different.”
A fifth person swooned: “Aww this is amazing news. Congratulations to you both. I hope you have a wonderful life together.”(sic)
Another exclaimed: “OMG I can’t deal with this news! So overjoyed for you both.”
Jonny, who has been with Danielle for 10 months, previously dated Camilla Thurlow before dumping her on the ITV2 reality show to be with Tyla Carr.
Camilla is now with Jamie Jewitt, who she met on Love Island last year, while Tyla has just welcomed her first child.