Hey, it looks like something good is finally happening for Ryan Lochte! While all of America's eyes were on the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday night, Lochte announced that he and his girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid are officially engaged. Lochte posted a photo of himself kissing Reid on a seaside cliff, with Reid's large diamond ring in full view.
According to PEOPLE, Ryan Lochte surprised Kayla Rae Reid with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles on Sunday night, which landed the couple on the banks of the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, where Lochte proposed at sunset.
Ryan Lochte began dating Kayla Rae Reid at the start of 2016. The couple's relationship became public when Reid traveled to Rio to be with Lochte during the Olympics this summer. Reid is a model for Playboy, and shared her joy at the engagement after Lochte proposed with a shot of her own on Instagram.
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?' When I realized this was 'the one' was when she stuck behind me through this.''
The "this" Lochte is referring to is a high-profile lie that he told while in Rio, which wound up getting the swimmer suspended from the pool and losing him a number of endorsement deals. Towards the end of the Olympics, Lochte claimed that he and a few of his teammates were held up at gunpoint while they were out in Rio. Turns out, Lochte and his pals had actually vandalized a local gas station, and the owner pulled a gun on them in order to get them to pay for the damages. The story became a media whirlwind, and turned Lochte into a pariah.
Now, Ryan Lochte is attempting to tango his way back into America's heart as a contestant on this season of Dancing With the Stars, but it's not coming easily. Lochte's first performance of the show was interrupted when protestors stormed the stage. However, Lochte is still in the competition, and that sparkly Mirror Ball trophy would sure go well with that dazzling engagement ring, I must say!