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Samantha Armytage is ENGAGED to boyfriend Richard Lavender

Samantha Armytage, 43, is ENGAGED to boyfriend Richard Lavender, 60, as Sunrise presenter debuts diamond ring on Instagram

Sunrise host Samantha Armytage, 43, has announced her engagement to boyfriend Richard Lavender, 60. 

Sharing the happy news to her Instagram followers on Sunday, the blonde journalist uploaded two photos of herself posing in the arms of her fiance, with a diamond ring sparkling on her engagement finger.  

‘What a year…’ she wrote in the caption, adding several emojis including a ring, heart and a dog. 

‘What a year!’ Samantha Armytage, 43, is ENGAGED to boyfriend Richard Lavender, 60, as Sunrise presenter debuts diamond ring on Instagram

The photo appears to have bee taken at either Samantha or Richard’s rural property, both of which are located in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands.   

Wrapped up in a beanie and puffer jacket, Samantha beamed with joy as she placed her bejewelled hand on her man’s chest.   

The couple, who have reportedly been dating since April, were seen shopping for expensive jewellery in Sydney’s Double Bay last September, according to Woman’s Day magazine. 

It's official! On Sunday, the blonde journalist uploaded two photos of herself posing in the arms of her fiance, with a diamond ring sparkling on her engagement finger

It’s official! On Sunday, the blonde journalist uploaded two photos of herself posing in the arms of her fiance, with a diamond ring sparkling on her engagement finger

The couple confirmed their romance in November last year.

Speaking to WHO magazine’s Sexiest People issue, the Channel Seven host praised the businessman as a ‘decent’ and ‘very honest’ man.

She revealed they had been introduced by a mutual friend ‘around Easter’ and shared an instant connection.

So in love! Speaking to WHO magazine's Sexiest People issue, the Channel Seven host praised the businessman as a 'decent' and 'very honest' man

So in love! Speaking to WHO magazine’s Sexiest People issue, the Channel Seven host praised the businessman as a ‘decent’ and ‘very honest’ man  

Sam, who is notoriously private when it comes to her personal life, added that the most attractive thing about Richard is that he’s ‘comfortable in his own skin.’

Meanwhile, Richard said that he was drawn to Sam because of ‘the sparkle in her eye’ and their shared passion for horses and the outdoors.

On Valentine’s Day this year, Richard called into Sunrise live on air to give her a romantic surprise. 

‘It’s Rich! Happy Valentine’s Day,’ Richard said.

‘I’m much more romantic than Sammy,’ he added. ‘You told me you wanted a surprise.’

Richard went on to reveal that he had made Sam a gift for the special day and explained how he had been trying to ‘throw her off the scent’ to surprise her. 

‘She prides herself on being a good journalist, Kochie, and she’s been asking me what I’ve been doing the last couple of days and I’ve been having trouble throwing her off the scent,’ he said.

‘I made this little thing for you, Sammy. I’ll send you a picture when I hang up, hopefully you’ll like it!’

Richard lives in a 40-hectare property in Bowral, NSW, the same country town where Sam owns a $2.2million five-bedroom retreat.

It’s believed the couple spend most weekends together in the Southern Highlands, while Sam returns to her $2.5million Bondi home in the week.

They are said to have met at socialite Skye Leckie’s 60th birthday party in April last year.

Interestingly, Sam’s rumoured ex, jet tycoon Paul O’Brien, was also in attendance.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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