Shayne Ward announced his engagement to actress Sophie Austin on Boxing Day but the actor has now revealed the unconventional way he chose to pop the question.

The Coronation Street star – who plays Aidan O’Connor – got down on one knee in front of both their families.

And Sophie was so caught off guard, she was still in her pyjamas with her hair tied up with a pair of knickers!

Speaking to OK! magazine , Sophie explained: “In the past, I had told Shayne that if he was ever going to propose I would love my family to be there. We were stood in the hallway – I was wearing pyjamas and my hair was tied up with a pair of knickers!”

Shayne and Lauren announced their engagement in December

Sophie explained her dad then put Barbra Streisand’s I’ve Dreamed of You – which is the couple’s song.

She added: “Once the music started, Shayne came over and asked if he could have a dance with me. I suddenly though oh crap, he is going to ask me in front of everybody. I know it sounds weird as I’m an actor but I don’t like being the centre of attention. But it was the perfect ending to our lovely Christmas.”

Asked about their wedding, the coupled insisted they have no concrete plans but Sophie is happy for Shayne to take charge with the organising.

Shayne and Sophie have opened up about their engagement

Shayne said: “It’s nice to know Sophie trusts me to do it. I know I would sort something that she wants. I love watching Don’t Tell The Bride. We might have it in a big castle.”

Sophie and Shayne were first pictured together on a night out in June 2016, appearing hand-in-hand as they attended Shayne’s Corrie co-star Paula Lane’s leaving party. The couple welcomed daughter Willow in December that same year.

But whilst their romance moved fast, Shane and Sophie insisted that it felt right from the start.

“Sophie was really shy when we first met. I felt like, I really like this girl,” Shane said.

Sophie added: “It was all just meant to be.”



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