Kylie Minogue and Paul Solomons’ engagement has been confirmed by his step-mother, after Billie Piper let slip the news.
The singer, 52, has been dating Paul, 46, since 2018 and in recent months has remained bashful over any speculation they are set to wed, yet has not denied rumours and MailOnline can now confirm the news.
His stepmother Gloria, said she was ‘thrilled’ the pair are planning to wed after Paul recently revealed the news, as she spoke from the family home in the South Wales village of Llanbradach, near Caerphilly, .
Gloria, who has been married to Paul’s father Mark for 41 years, said she had not been aware of Billie’s engagement slip in her interview with Elle magazine and was eager for details of her comments.
Hero: Kylie Minogue and Paul Solomons’ engagement has been confirmed by his step-mother, after Billie Piper let slip the news (pictured in 2019)
She stood in the doorway of her terraced home as rain poured down listening to a detailed account of Billie’s revelation of how Paul had saved her life in a London nightclub years previously.
After being told the story, which she appeared not to have known, Mrs Solomons declared with a broad smile: ‘Well, she’s right there, my son is a hero.’
Gloria said she had met Kylie and liked her. ‘She’s very nice I’m thrilled they’re engaged. It’s very exciting. But, I’m sorry, I cannot tell you any more because I’ve been told not to. I respect my son and I respect Kylie too much to say any more.’
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She said she did not know where or when the wedding will take place.
After several long-term relationships, Kylie became engaged in 2016 to British actor Joshua Sasse, who was 28 at the time, but the relationship ended a year later and subsequently suffered a breakdown.
Kylie then started dating Paul in 2018 and last year gushed: ‘I’ve met someone who I feel good with. It feels right.’
In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19.
Wedding bell speculation rang once again in November when she appeared on Lorraine and grew bashful over some questioning.
Kylie said: ‘He is so nice. He is probably not watching, I am sure he is at work. ‘He is such a good support. We have a laugh. We have both been through enough in our lives and just met at the right time, so it’s lovely.’
When Lorraine asked if she had any plans to marry her partner, Kylie merely batted away the question while bushing and exclaiming: ‘Lorraine!’
Proving the strength of their love, she later said of their romance: Yeah I did [get a magical feeling] actually. Maybe not quite like a romance novel, where there are butterflies and stars start shooting through the air! But yeah, definitely.
‘All my friends said to me, ‘You were acting different.’ And that’s when I knew that there was something. Because I thought I was acting cool but maybe I wasn’t.’
Sweet! In October it was then reported by New Idea that the pair were planning to marry in Melbourne this year, depending on the outcome of the COVID-19 (the couple pictured in March last year)
Kylie told how she and Paul got together after a mutual friend suggested they meet but it took her a while before she agreed to it.
She said: ‘I wasn’t interested in meeting anyone at that point, so I kept saying, ‘Yeah, but no – one day.’ Anyway, eventually that day happened and yeah, we connected, we liked each other.
Last year, she sweetly revealed that Paul has even charmed her 100-year-old grandma after making a ‘special effort’ when he first met her in Australia last year.
She said: ‘She turned 100 last December and Paul did come to Australia for that. I think he flew in the day before so he was absolutely sideways with jetlag. It was like Meet The Parents times 100…
‘He did charm them all and he actually made a special effort. He might kill me for saying this but he would look up some Welsh sayings and just go to Google and hear how to say tiny Welsh phrases. My granny absolutely loved it.’
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