Little Mix's Jesy Nelson and Jake Roche are engaged. Jake, 22, popped the question on stage at Manchester Arena on Sunday – with a little help from Ed Sheeran. Posting a picture on Instagram, the Rixton frontman told fans: "A year ago today I met her at Manchester Arena so it was only right, with a little help from my friend, that this happened. Best day of my life."
The image shows Jake – who is the son of Shane Richie and Coleen Nolan – down on one knee and holding out an engagement ring to 24-year-old Jesy, with Ed standing off to one side with his guitar. The Thinking Out Loud singer had made a special effort to help his friend pull off the perfect engagement, and Jake couldn't have been more grateful.
Jake Roche shared a photo of the moment he proposed to Jesy Nelson
Publicly thanking Ed on Twitter, he wrote: "Travelled 5 hours to sing our favourite song on his day off. I will never be able to replay you. Love you pal. @edsheeran."
Following the proposal, Jesy took to the official Little Mix Instagram account to share her joy, and shock. "I cannot believe what has just happened. The most surreal moment of my life and everyone that I love most was there to share it with us!" she wrote. "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world rite (sic) now, literally cannot stop crying! Future Mrs Roche."
Jake and Jesi have been dating for a year
Jake and Jesy first went public with their romance in September 2014; she is the second member of Little Mix to get engaged, with Perrie Edwards set to walk down the aisle with Zayn Malik in the not-too-distant future.
Jake recently played down reports that he was set to pop the question. "There are engagement reports, but at the minute I can't afford a hot meal, let alone a ring!" he told the Mirror.