Ryan Lochte is engaged to Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid after less than a year together. The Olympics swimmer revealed the news about being engaged to his girlfriend Reid on an Instagram post and photo on Sunday evening. With that, Lochte is formally off the market for the ladies who might have been training their eyes on the Olympics champion as a potential hubby.
The photo that the Olympics swimmer posted on Instagram showed him and Reid kissing at sunset overlooking Malibu Canyon. Lochte captioned the photo with the words, “Memories forever!!!#thelochtes #LA.” The photo showed Reid flashing her stunning diamond engagement ring. Reid responded to Lochte’s post alongside a photo of the couple kissing saying, “Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU,” according to Daily Mail.
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Ryan Lochte engaged Reid news came on the day much of the country had its attention on the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Ryan Lochte engaged had an earlier hint
Before Lochte, 32, chose Sunday to propose to Playboy model Reid, 25, the Olympics star had hinted to USA Today Sports that he was up to something serious with the girlfriend. Lochte said last week that he had bought an engagement ring for Reid and that he was waiting for was the right time to make his proposal. Sunday evening was the perfect time for the proposal.
Lochte and Reid have been dating since January after the two met at a Los Angeles club. The dating started about two or three days after the club meeting. Reid even traveled to Rio to be with her boyfriend during the 2016 Summer Olympics, and she was seen hanging out with Lochte together with his parents in Rio. Those were the times Reid called Lochte her “silver fox” and “favorite person ever.”
Though the pair even shared their photos together on social media, Lochte preferred not to let the whole world know what the two were up to. The Olympics swimmer denied that he had a girlfriend, let alone dating, during an interview on NBC.
Reid was by Lochte’s side when the swimmer made the controversial claim that he had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio. Analysis of security footage covering the place Lochte said he had been attacked failed to corroborate his robbery theory, causing the Olympics champion great embarrassment. But it turns out that the disgrace that Lochte suffered when it was proven that he lied about being robbed at gunpoint wasn’t enough to cause Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid to turn away from Lochte.
After the robbery claim scandal, Lochte would later say that he relied on Reid for supporting during that difficult time when he was taken to task to prove his Rio robbery claim. That was also the time when Reid told paparazzi that she supports Lochte no matter what.
Other than the Rio appearance, Reid was also seen in the audience during Lochte’s Dancing with the Stars performance, though the pair didn’t make it obvious that they were working toward a future together. Reid moved in with Lochte last month.
Trying luck on Tinder
At some point before the Summer Olympics in Rio, Olympics swimmer Lochte said that he had been using dating app Tinder to try and match up with potential women. He said at the time that he preferred smart women with professional jobs and a sense of humor. It is not clear whether Lochte landed Reid on Tinder.
Back in 2013, Lochte told People that he was looking for a girlfriend who could make him laugh, adding that he didn’t like someone who takes life too seriously. The woman that Lochte would give his heart should be someone capable of keeping up with his demanding lifestyle, the swimmer said at the time. With Ryan Lochte engaged to Reid, you can only assume that the Playboy model matches the Olympic swimmer’s description of an ideal woman.
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