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Ryan Lochte Gushes Over Kayla Rae Reid, Shares Proposal Secrets

Ryan Lochte may have earned 12 medals over an impressive Olympic swimming career, but the controversial athlete has never felt more like a winner than he does right now.


Because Lochte proposed to his girlfriend of about nine months over the weekend… and Kayla Rae Reid said yes!

The news went viral on Monday, with both the athlete and the former Playmate of the Month (July 2015) sharing photos from the proposal.

“Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA,” Lochte wrote as the caption to his image, while Reid added:

“Speechless. Absolutely beautiful.  So in love with YOU.”

A day after his life-altering question was popped and answered, Lochte spoke backstage at Dancing With the Stars, gusing over his new fiancee and revealing precisely how he was feeling just prior to getting engaged.

In short?

It sounds like Lochte felt more pressure being down on one knee than he felt in any Olympic starting block.

“I couldn’t really focus, I couldn’t concentrate,” Lochte told Us Weekly of trying to practice for the ABC competition hours before the proposal. “I’m just happy everything worked out.”

It sure did.

As for details of the romantic proposal, Lochte was happy to spill a few secrets now that it was done and over with.

“We were in a helicopter and we went down around West Hollywood and Hollywood, and then we flew over Santa Monica and the pier, and we went up the coast in the helicopter,” Lochte explained.

He continued;

“Then they landed us on top of a mountain in Malibu, and on the mountain there was a picnic that had roses and champagne, and she was like, ‘What’s going on?’

“And so we got out and that’s when I got down on one knee. But I was messing up! I had practiced it so many times in my bathroom, I had my suit, my jacket on, and I was pulling the ring out, and everything was perfect.

“Then when it actually happened I couldn’t get the ring out of my pocket and I was stumbling over all of my words! And I was just so clammy and nervous – but then I finally got the courage to ask, ‘Will you marry me?’

“And she said yes! And I was like, ‘Yeah! My life is complete!'”

Wow. Nice. Sort of makes us with Ryan Lochte had proposed to us!

Not much was known about Kayla Rae Reid prior to news of her engagement making headlines yesterday.

Yes, she flew to Brazil and cheered Lochte on this summer, but the two kept their relationship on such a down low that Lochte joked prior to the Olympics that he was on Tinder.

You can get to know Reid a lot better below, however:

Lochte and Reid started dating in March.

Things turned very serious very quickly.

The swimmer went through some very challenging times over the past few months, being caught in a lie about an armed robbery in Brazil and then getting suspended for 10 months due to these actions.

But there was a silver lining to this low point: it solidified his relationship with his now-fiancee.

“She’s stuck behind me this whole entire time when I was at my darkest point and she was my rock,” Lochte says. “That’s when I knew, I’m not letting this one go!”

Lochte, meanwhile, is still alive on Dancing with the Stars.

Check out his latest routine with Cheryl Burke below and then respond: 

Do you think he can win?


Ryan Lochte: Engaged to Kayla Rae Reid!

Ryan Lochte is engaged.

And this is no lie.

Smack dab in the middle of Dancing With the Stars rehearsals, the controversial Olympic swimmer took a break over the weekend from Salsa and Tango lessons to pop life’s most important important.

He proposed to girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid.

And she said yes!

Or, more appropriately, perhaps she said JEAH.

“Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA,” wrote the 12-time medalist on Instagram Sunday night as a caption to a sweet image of the couple kissing.

Reid then added a photo of herself, writing to fans and followers:

“Speechless. Absolutely beautiful.  So in love with YOU.”

Lochte has been unusually quiet about his relationship with Reid, who is best known as a Playboy model.

Most Olympic viewers this summer assumed that the swimmer was single.

Not that they focused much on his love life, of course.

The champion athlete became an Internet villain after he went out on night in Brazil with U.S. Swimming teammates and claimed the next day that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

Except Lochte and company did not get robbed at gunpoint.

Instead, they got really drunk and vandalized a bathroom.

A couple security guards then did hold a weapon in their faces and ordered them to pay for their damages before they fled the scene.

As a result of his (main) role in this lie and this cover-up, Lochte was handed a 10-month suspension by the United States Olympic Committee.

So at least he has plenty of free time now on his hands to plan a wedding.

He reportedly met Reid at a Los Angeles nightclub in January.

He later told USA Today that it didn’t take him long to realize that she was very, very special.

“From the very first time I met her, everything has like clicked,” Ryan told the newspaper, adding:

“That’s why I know I can propose to her because everything that’s happened and she’s been keeping me so positive. She doesn’t care about my fame. She doesn’t care about anything.

“All she cares about is me being happy.”

That does make her sound like a keeper.

“My family says, ‘Don’t you think it’s a little too soon?’ I’m like, ‘Can you put a time on love? Can you?'” Lochte added to USA TODAY Sports.

“When I realized this was ‘the one’ was when she stuck behind me through this. She still loves me and she’s still right there with me.”

How sweet. For real!

We send our congratulations to Ryan Lochte and Kayla Rae Reid!


Kayla Rae Reid: Who is Ryan Lochte’s Foxy Fiancee?

Kayla Rae Reid has said JEAH to Ryan Lochte.

The blonde bombshell accepted the controversial swimmer's proposal in October of 2016.

But while the Internet is very happy for the Olympian and the Playboy model, many people on said Internet are now wondering:

Who the heck is Kayla Rae Reid? Here are 8 things to know about the beauty:

1. Where Did They Meet?

Kayla rae reid and ryan lochte
She met Lochte at a Los Angeles nightclub and the two dated for about nine months prior to their engagement.

2. What an Honor!

Kayla rae reid
She was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in July of 2015.

3. More Than Just a Model… Sort Of

Kayla rae reid photo
Reid has also worked for the energy drink company Monster as a Monster Girl, doing in-person promotions.

4. When She Was Young…

Kayla rae reid at playboy mansion
Reid moved to Palm Springs, California when she was 10 years old. She had planned to pursue cheerleading professionally before deciding upon modeling instead.

5. She’s Popular!

Kayla rae reid in a hockey jersey
Reid has over 430,000 Instagram followers. That number will likely increase after this engagement news.

6. Her Measurements:

Kayla rae reid at maxim party
She stands 5’7″ and weights 125 pounds.

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