Legendary England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has revealed his engagement to jazz singer Steph Hayward in an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine. The couple actually got engaged last year but chose to reveal the news now as they felt the time was right.
"We've been dying to make an announcement because obviously it's a really exciting thing for us, but the timing wasn’t right before," Peter, whose first marriage to Sue – the mother of his two children – ended in 2011, told HELLO! "My divorce took a bit longer to finalise than I was expecting, but at the same time, it was important to me to let Steph know how I felt about her, although I think she knew anyway.
Peter and Steph got engaged last year
"After my first marriage broke down, I never expected to have a serious relationship again. Both Steph and I feel so incredibly lucky to have found one another. It was meant to be."
Steph tells the magazine she feels the couple were meant to be.
"When we met, I sensed there was a void in Pete's life and it was the same for me," she said. "We were both out there on our own in the world, performing almost, putting on a front. But we've tackled one another's fears and filled those voids and the love that's developed is so deep."
And Peter says he loves the fact that his bride-to-be was completely unimpressed about his football achievements. "One of the things I found so appealing about Steph was that she so clearly hadn’t a clue about football or who I was," says Peter.
"When I found out Steph was a singer, there was a part of me that did wonder if she might embrace the fame side, but I soon realised that wasn't the case at all. In fact, it wasn't until the following year, when I took her to Wembley, that I think it started to click with her that I'd actually made a bit of a name for myself in the game.
Steph adds: "I've had people refer to me as a WAG since Pete and I got together and we both find it hilarious because our lives are so not like that term implies.
"But our life together could not be more different. Our idea of living it up is turning up the music at home and having a dance around the living room."