He's got the X Factor! Katie Waissel gets engaged to model Brad Alphonso… and celebrates with a tattoo instead of a diamond
08:12 GMT, 9 July 2012
She's had a colourful love life, and was most recently linked to Capital FM DJ Greg Burns.
But now Katie Waissel has settled down, and announced that she is engaged to US male model Brad Alphonso.
Katie broke the news to fans on her Twitter page, before sharing a picture of the happy couple and their new additions – two heart shaped tattoos on their ring fingers in place of a more traditional diamond.
Engaged: Former X Factor contestant Katie Waissel shared a picture on her Twitter page as she broke the news that she is engaged to male model Brad Alphonso
The 26-year-old singer wrote on her Twitter page: 'Just woken up with a huge smile on my face can't believe that we are engaged!! @Brad_Alphonso.'
Katie, who has been working on new music out in Los Angeles, later added: 'Making great music out here, got engaged to the man I'm going to spend the rest of my life with,and have all you to share it with!so happy!'
And model Brad, who appeared in Madonna's Girl Gone Wild video, also expressed his amazement over the engagement, tweeting: 'Holy s**t!!!!! It's for real !!! Love it!!!!'
Marked: The pair got matching heart-shaped tattoos on their ring fingers to mark their newly-engaged status
Grinning through the pain: Katie also shared this picture of male model Brad in the tattooist's chair
While it remains to be seen when Katie and her beau will tie the knot, in the meantime they have their new inkings to remind them of their engaged status.
As well as Katie modelling the heart design on her left hand in place of an engagement ring, Brad also decided to have the same etching on his ring finger – with Katie tweeting a picture of the 28-year-old model in the tattooist's chair.
The engagement is sure to come as a surprise to some of Katie's fans, however, as the singer was romantically linked to Capital FM DJ Burns as recently as May.
Screen star: Alphonso (left) with Madonna in her Girl Gone Wild video
Famous faces: Katie during her time on The X Factor back in 2010, and Brad in one of his modelling campaigns
The pair had been seen stepping out in London together after starting to date last October.
it seems Katie was quick to put the romance behind her after its
apparent end, moving on with much lusted-after model Alphonso.
also appears to have ditched her long brunette hair extensions, going
back to the elfin crop which caused such a stir when she debuted it on
The X Factor back in 2010.
Former love: Katie was seen out with Capital FM DJ Greg Burns back in May