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Model Avril to wed one of Carter Twins after NY proposal

Model Avril Kelly has suffered a number of career setbacks in recent months, but she has no complaints when it comes to her love life.

The Diary can reveal that the blonde beauty was celebrating this weekend, after her longtime beau Stephen Carter went down on one knee.

Diamond

The loved-up couple have been together for more than seven years and live together on Dublin's Southside with their pet dog.

They are currently holidaying in New York, where Stephen popped the big question during a romantic meal, surprising her with a diamond ring picked out by himself.

The statuesque model said she and her other half are "delighted" and are looking forward to enjoying the celebrations throughout the remainder of their trip.

"He proposed in New York in a restaurant called Tao near Fifth Avenue," Avril told the Diary.

"I'm thrilled. We haven't set a date yet, but we're hoping to do it in the next year and a half or so.

"I love my ring and he even picked it out himself. It's a 1.5 carat marquise cut. It's very pretty."

Both Avril and her hunky beau will be familiar to many, given that she is the former face of RTE's the Cafe, on which she worked alongside Aidan Power for two years, while Stephen is one half of the Carter Twins.

He and his brother Anthony were once feted as being the next big thing, when they were signed to Louis Walsh's stable of pop acts, and gained a large female following throughout Ireland.

The singers won the Smash Hits Newcomers Award in 1996 and even went on tour with Boyzone, mixing with everyone from All Saints to the Spice Girls.

In 1998, they finished fourth in the National Song Contest, which selected a singer to perform for Ireland in the Eurovision, but have chosen to shun the limelight since then.

The brothers have continued to work together and now run a printing business.

Advice

No doubt, Anthony will have plenty of advice to offer the couple ahead of their wedding, given that he and his then long-term girlfriend Amanda Lynch wed in the summer of 2008 in Cancun, Mexico.

Kelly will also look towards fellow model and bride-to-be Pippa O'Connor, with whom she is planning to trade tips ahead of her big day.

- LN