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HGTV star Ty Pennington sets his goal forever with his new fiancé.
That Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading room alun, 56, who currently plays a role in the HGTV show, Ty Breaker, revealed on Wednesday that he was proposing to his girlfriend, Kellee Merrell, 33 – and she said yes!
“It’s ‘yes’ to me …” he wrote caption a photo on Instagram of his fiancé’s hand wearing a teardrop-shaped stone.
A representative of Pennington tells PEOPLE that the star popped the question to Merrell – a social media leader originally from Vancouver – over morning coffee on the dock at his home in Palm Coast, Florida.
The couple met in 2010 while Pennington was filming a TV show in Toronto and have been connected over the years through mutual friends. They reunited in early 2020 and decided to put quarantine together, during which their relationship flourished further.
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“I have admired Kellee for far from years. She is a beautiful person inside and out,” Pennington tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Fortunately, our paths finally crossed at the right time. It’s one of those things where you just feel happy to be around someone. I never thought I would get married, but she changed it. Glad, that I was waiting for one. “
Many of Pennington’s friends from HGTV reached out to congratulate him and left sweet comments on his Instagram post.
“Awwww congratulations !!!” wrote Help! I destroyed my house star Jasmine Roth, while Taniya Nayak, who currently plays with Pennington on HGTV’s Fight on the beach, wrote, “Wooohoooo! Smart move !! She’s a keeper! Congratulations you two lovebirds!”
“IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU MY FRIEND !!! Can’t wait to meet her,” Pennington Trading room costar Genevieve Gorder added while his Ty Breaker cost Sabrina Soto wrote, “What !! ?? What!?! Yes !!!!! Omg !!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations !!! I am so happy for you both !!!”
Bargain Mansions‘Tamara Day, Restored by Fords‘Steve Ford, Holmes on Homes‘Mike Holmes, Love it or note it Vancouver‘s Jillian Harris, Trading room‘Vern Yip and several also chimed in with their congratulations.
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Pennington and Merrell recently purchased a 19th-century house together in Savannah, Georgia, and are currently renovating it in their dream home, says Pennington’s rep, adding that they are excited to be engaged and happy to begin their lives together.
Pennington was previously in a long-term relationship with Andrea Bock.
In June, Pennington responded to a comment on one of his Instagram posts asking if he and Bock were still friends and wrote, “Yes! Andrea and I actually divorced back in 2009 and are still good friends.”
Penningtons to shows, Ty Breaker and Fight on the beach, broadcast on HGTV now.
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