Tennis star Rafael Nadal finally proposed to his longtime. He and his girlfriend Mery Perello had been dating for 14 years when he finally popped the question.
The couple has been secretly engaged for 8 months. Nadal asked Mery, who goes by Xisca, to be his wife in May 2018.
The couple was on a romantic holiday to Rome when he decided to take the next step. They have been keeping the happy news to themselves since then.
According to the Mirror, Nadal confirmed the happy news to the Spanish magazine Hola! The 32-year-old tennis champion and 30-year-old insurance businesswoman have been dating since they were in their teens.
The happy couple now plans to marry in an intimate ceremony on the Spanish isle of Mallorca in their hometown of Manacor. The wedding will be in Fall 2019.
Nadal previously opened up about the couple's plan to have kids. He shared that he wants to have children with Mery.
"Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like."
Even though Nadal is a massive tennis star, it will be possible for their children to have normal lives. Mery prefers to keep out of the spotlight.
In addition to working in insurance, she also works for her fiance's Rafa Nadal Foundation charity as a project director. She has also said she prefers to let him have his space and the spotlight.
"He needs his space when he is competing and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires me out," she told the Telegraph in 2011. "It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me. If I followed him everywhere I think there's a risk we might stop getting along."
Congratulations to Rafa and Xisca! May God bless their union!