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Love Island stars, both 25, announce engagement one year into relationship

Sanam Harrinanan and Kai Fagan hugging on Love Island
Sanam Harrinanan and Kai Fagan are engaged after one year together (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Love Island 2023 winners Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan are engaged to be married, making them the second crowned couple in the ITV show’s history to do so.

Kai, 25, and Sanam, also 25, sent sparks flying in last year’s series when they met in Casa Amor.

One year on, and their whirlwind romance has well and truly defied the Love Island odds.

Sharing the happy news with fans on social media, Kai wrote: ‘Introducing the next Mrs Fagan. Beautiful, Caring, Loving and Smart are just some of the words that describe you. I love loving you, I love you and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.’

It looked like a very romantic engagement, as white-suited Kai got down on one knee in a punting boat with Sanam, also wearing a white dress, looking well and truly shocked.

Another photo saw them kissing in the boat with the punter looking on in the background, while a third showed Kai popping a bottle of bubbly to mark the moment.

Fellow Love Island contestants all flocked to send their congratulations, as Ron Hall wrote: ‘This is the best news EVER! Congratulations you two! ❤️’

Kai Fagan lifts up Sanam Harrinanan and they kiss
Kai swept Sanam off her feet in Love Island’s 2023 season (Picture: Instagram/kaifagan_)
Sanam Harrinanan and Kai Fagan posing on Love Island
They have defied the Love Island odds and are getting married (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Meanwhile, Lana Jenkins said: ‘Oh my god!!! Amazing news congratulations both of you!! So happy for you .’

Sammy James wrote, ‘Omg guys!!! So happy for you, congratulations!!!,’ while India Polak added: ‘Congratulations omg!!!’

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu also sent her congratulations to the couple.

I’m a Celebrity’s Giovanna Fletcher also shared an excitable comment, as she said: ‘Waaaaaaaaaaah!!!! Huge huge huge congratulations! I’m so happy for you!! Xxx’

On TikTok Sanam posted a video she took before their date when she was none the wiser as to what was in store.

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‘The lead up to the proposal! I honestly had no idea for what he had planned and started making this video as I thought he just had a cute date in mind… but little did I know he had something bigger planned,’ Sanam wrote in the caption of the video.

Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinana smiling as she holds up engagement ring on finger
She said yes! (Picture: TikTok/@sanamiee)
Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinana smiling in boat
The pair looked to have the most wonderful day (Picture: TikTok/@sanamiee)
Sanam Harrinana's hand with engagement ring
Sanam showed off her engagement ring in a TikTok video to fans (Picture: TikTok/@sanamiee)

Filming herself getting ready, Sanam faced the camera and said: ‘I’m about to get ready for a date night with Kai that I know nothing about.

‘All I know is that I need to dress cute and warm. I’m actually getting ready in my mum’s house, I’m in my old room, and he’s going to come and pick me up.

‘He’s even sent me off with two different dresses in my bag that I can wear for tonight, so I’m excited.’

She decided on the white dress as opposed to the blue one, and Sanam filmed their route to punting.

On the boat, Sanam said, ‘How beautiful,’ as she panned around the romantic scene, before it cut to a picture of the pair and her big ring post-proposal.

Pink balloons and engagement decorations in living room of Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinana
Kai also decorated their home with lots of pink balloons (Picture: TikTok/@sanamiee)
Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinana's engagement decorations on table including petals, photographs and chocolate-covered strawberries
Of course there were chocolate-covered strawberries (Picture: TikTok/@sanamiee)

‘Okay, the biggest thing just happened,’ she said, as Kai grinned in the background and she concluded: ‘I am just so shocked and happy.’

After dinner the pair headed home where a pink balloon explosion awaited and a big blow up sign reading: ‘Yaaas she said.’

Adorably, Kai dipped strawberries in chocolate, scattered rose petals and pictures of the pair on every surface of their house. Who said romance was dead?

‘Did I just say yes to the cutest man in the world?’ Sanam asked Kai, to which he responded, looking relieved: ‘She did, she did.’

‘I feel like the luckiest girl alive,’ Sanam added, grinning broadly at the camera.

While Molly Mae and Tommy Fury were runners up in the 2019 series – and are also now engaged – season two winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey were the first winners to tie the knot and are still going strong eight years later.

After meeting in the ITV show’s Casa Amor villa, the couple moved in with each other and even set up a joint YouTube channel so the could continue to share their relationship with fans.

Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan post together. He wears a Christmas hat, and she holds a glass of red wine.
The pair met in Casa Amor (Picture: Instagram/kaifagan_)
 Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan post together in swimming pool
They are the second winners of Love Island ever to become engaged (Picture: Instagram/kaifagan_)

Talking about their first home, the couple admitted they didn’t have a massive budget to kit it out, and explained how in order to keep costs down they shopped at charity shops and upcycled.

While chatting about her experience meeting Kai during a pre-results show interview with Love Island host Maya Jama, Sanam slipped that she loved Kai -even then. Awrh.

Sanam said: ‘For me, it was always Kai, like I always said he was my number one.

‘Obviously, he is a very attractive guy but I fell in love with everything.

‘Everything about him, I just, I just loved it. I really didn’t think I was gonna be here. I’m going to cry!’

Noticing her mistake, Sanam laughed away the comment as audience members oo-ed and ah-ed over the moment.

The pair beat fellow couples Lana Jenkins and Ron Hall and Samie Elishi and Tom Clare, in second and third place respectively, to be crowned winners.

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