Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Is Lembit engaged for the third time? Opik, 45, takes his 21-year-old girlfriend ring shopping at Tiffany & Co

By Jessica Satherley

Special shopping trip: Lembit Opik, 45, and 21-year-old Merily McGivern take a break from the beach in Queensland, Australia, to go ring shopping at Tiffany & Co

Lembit Opik must have been doing some serious thinking about his future while in the jungle, because he was spotted shopping for engagement rings with his girlfriend yesterday.

Since departing I’m A Celebrity, the 45-year-old has been romancing 21-year-old Merily McGivern in the Australian sun, before the pair head back to the UK.

And their most recent shopping trip has sparked speculation that Lembit has popped the question to his young girlfriend, who's 24 years his junior.

The couple was photographed shopping in Tiffany & Co in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, where Merily was seen trying on a diamond encrusted band on her wedding ring finger.

Merily then walked out of the store, arm in arm with her beau, holding onto a little blue Tiffany’s bag, but refused to tell photographers what they had bought.

The wide grins on their faces indicated the little bag was definitely holding onto something special though and the happy couple looked overjoyed with their purchase.

And after shopping for rings, the couple took a dip in the Versace Hotel swimming pool to celebrate, where they've been staying since Lembit left the show.

If the couple are planning a wedding, it wouldn’t be the former MPs first engagement, Lembit was once engaged to ITV weather presenter Sian Lloyd, followed by his engagement to Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia.

Engaged? Lembit and Merily check out were rings at Tiffany & Co

He has also dated lingerie model Katie Green, making him quite the ladies’ man, but perhaps he’s now ready to finally settle down.

Lembit was the second star to leave the I’m A Celeb camp, after spending 14 days in the jungle.

Since his release, he decided to spend some extra time in Australia to soak up the sun and enjoy a romantic holiday with Merily.

And Merily was definitely making the most of the summer Down Under by wearing a tiny black miniskirt, tight white T-Shirt and sky high heels while shopping for rings.

Happy couple: The love birds strolled out of the store arm in arm with a little blue Tiffany's bag - indicating that they definitely purchased something special

Celebratory swim: After shopping for rings, the couple took a dip in the Versace Hotel swimming pool, where they've been staying

During their stay in Surfers Paradise, the love birds have also been enjoying the beach and playfully frolicked in the waves on the weekend.

After leaving the jungle on Friday night, Lembit said: ‘The experience exceeded my expectations in a good way.

‘I know now I can survive the jungle. Secondly, I know I can survive in times of relative hardship and thirdly, I’ve never been bitten by a snake before.’

Romantic break: The couple had been enjoying the beach Down Under during the weekend, after Lembit left the I'm A Celeb jungle


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