'I'm engaged but I've kept it a secret until now,' reveals 2fm DJ Lottie Ryan
Published 18/05/2016 | 07:24
She's hitting all the right notes with viewers on her RTE show.
Now Lottie Ryan's flying high in her personal life too after getting engaged to childhood sweetheart Fabio Aprile, the Herald can reveal.
The 30-year-old daughter of the late Gerry Ryan is over the moon after her other half, who she's been with for 11 years, went down on bended knee to pop the question.
Ryan, 2fm's showbiz reporter as well as the host of her own weekend morning show, was typically understated when she confirmed her good news.
"It's old news. It happened last year and we just wanted to keep it private," she said.
The pair have yet to set a date, but opted to keep their happy tidings under wraps for a while, only telling close family and friends.
Lottie has been with her actor boyfriend for over a decade and they pair now live together in Dublin.
They also shared a place during her time in New York where she worked as a runner on CBS's The Good Wife.
The Irish/Italian thespian was credited as being a rock of strength to the Clontarf native after the sudden passing of her father in 2010.
Speaking before about her relationship, she said she was "very happy" but preferred to keep details of her romance to herself.
"So little is left personal to me that I like to keep my relationship under lock and key," she said.
She has also spoken about dealing with her 4.30am starts and said that, luckily, her boyfriend's a heavy sleeper and "wouldn't notice if an elephant came in".
But she's bound to be in tip-top shape for whenever she decides to walk down the aisle with her other half.
She has just signed up for her first mini-marathon - the Great Pink Run with Avonmore Slimline Milk in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.
Taking place in the Phoenix Park on August 27, Lottie has enlisted the support of her super-fit mum, Morah.
"My mum's a runner, she loves running. She's in a club and everything and she's going to help me prepare and be there for some moral support on the day," she said.
"I'm sure she is more than capable of doing the 10km. However, it's my first-ever marathon run so I'm setting myself the goal of the 5km.
"I've just started training. I danced a lot so I'm used to the short bursts. This is just trying to retrain myself to have a different type of breathing, but once I have lots of different music in my head I'll be able to keep going."
A former professional dancer, Lottie has been "plagued" with injuries over the years that forced her to hang up her dancing shoes.
"I have really bad ankles and bad arches as well, so that's one of my worries," she said.