Image: Instagram/ @chandlerpowell
Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, is engaged!
The wildlife conservationist's longtime beau, Chandler Powell, 22, popped the question on her 21st birthday. The happy couple took to social media to share the news of engagement, expressing their love and excitement for each other, and what was to come.
Bindi tweeted "On my birthday I said ‘yes’ & ‘forever’ to the love of my life. Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you & every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure & true happiness. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose & unconditional love. – Now let’s get married already!" following pictures of the lovely couple, including one that showed off her gorgeous engagement ring. (also check out these 8 gorgeous celebrity diamond engagement rings and where to get their lookalikes)
And in true wildlife conservationist fashion, her ring was crafted from recycled rose gold and featured an oval lab-grown diamond.
July 24th 2019 ❤️ On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life. Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking forwarding to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love. — Now let’s get married already!
In a post of his own, Chandler excitedly broke the news, stating that he “immediately fell head over heels for [Bindi’s] kind and thoughtful heart that radiates so much light”, and wished his fiancee a happy birthday.
The surprise proposal took place in the gardens of Australia Zoo, “in [Bindi’s] very favourite place in the zoo, surrounded by animals”, with the help of Bindi’s brother, Robert Irwin, who captured the beautiful moment on camera.
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Image: Twitter/ @BindiIrwin
The pair reportedly started dating in 2013, after meeting in Australia Zoo where Bindi was giving tours. Chandler left Florida and his professional wakeboarding career to help the Irwin family with their conservation work in Australia.
In a congratulatory post, Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin expressed her happiness for the couple and shared that she knew that her late husband, who had tragically passed away in 2006, would be happy for them.
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) July 24, 2019
Congrats to the happy couple!