Sunday 25 September 2016

Model Leah O'Reilly's early Christmas surprise as footballer boyfriend pops the question

Published 24/11/2015 | 07:33

Leah O'Reilly, Daniel Jones and baby Sienna
Leah O'Reilly, Daniel Jones and baby Sienna

Wedding bells are ringing for model Leah O'Reilly, who got engaged to footballer boyfriend, Daniel Jones.

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The well-known beauty (30) got an early Christmas present after her other half - and dad to baby Sienna - got down on bended knee and popped the question.

Speaking of her delight, Leah told the the Herald: "It was a total surprise. I had no idea he was going to propose. I'm over the moon."

She'll now be following in the footsteps of good pal Georgia Salpa with a trip down the aisle.

Leah and Daniel at pal Georgia Salpa's wedding
Leah and Daniel at pal Georgia Salpa's wedding

Part of the elite modelling clique that includes Georgia, Louise Kavanagh, Michele McGrath and Karena Graham, model and businesswoman Leah is now based in the UK.

She used to run Crystals and Co with best pal Emily MacKeogh but has now moved on to run Spoilt Bitch Club selling designer sunglasses with Louise Kavanagh.

Former Playboy bunny Louise (29), who also lives in the UK with partner Chris Iwelumo and baby Nylah, said she was "delighted" for the couple.

"They are so happy and she can't wait to start planning," she said.

Leah and Louise set up their sunglass company in June 2015 and it has quickly become a big hit with celebrity pals Vogue Williams and top fashion model Chloe Lloyd.

And Leah said that it helped working with someone like Louise who is also a mum and understands the pressures of balancing motherhood with a full-time job.

"We've found a really good balance now," she said. "We both have great support from our partners and we're in the same boat as we realise how tough it can be having a baby. If Louise is having a particularly hard day I'll look after emails or social media and vice versa. She will do the same for me so it works really well; we understand each other."

Leah gave birth to her first baby Sienna in March 2014 and said that she was "totally obsessed and in love with her" from the start.

Speaking about the prospect of becoming a mum, she admited that she "didn't have much experience".

"But all I can say is every worry evaporated as soon as they handed her to me, she was mine and I knew exactly what to do," she said.

She has been dating her footballer boyfriend, who plays with League One side Chesterfield after leaving Sheffield Wednesday, for the past five years.

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