GOLDEN girl Jessica Ennis had a diamond sparkle today as she showed for the first time her most prized trophy - her engagement ring, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
The 2012 Olympic heptathlon-favourite and childhood sweetheart Andy Hill have given their first interview together and posed for photographs after announcing their wedding plans.
The full story and pictures are in the latest edition of HELLO! magazine.
But The Star - which has supported Britain’s top athletics star from day one - was today given exclusive permission to share the couple’s happy news and publish this celebration picture.
World champ Jessica, aged 24, reveals she is so in love she’s even been wearing the ring during her hurdles and running practice at Sheffield’s English Institute Of Sport.
But she won’t be wearing her sparkling diamond ring all the time.
She revealed she will take it off when competing in events such as the long jump.
“I want to show it off. I don’t want to take it off, but I don’t want to get any sand grains in it or lose it,’’ she said.
Andy, Jessica’s boyfriend of six-and-a-half years, popped the question at their home in Sheffield on Christmas Eve.
In his first ever interview, he tells how Jessica can be a different woman on the track.
“You can definitely tell when Jess has gone into sportswoman mode,” he laughs.
“You’ll be having a bit of banter and then all of a sudden she goes quiet, like she’s gone into the zone. At first I used to think, ‘What’s happening here?’.”
The couple, who first met when they both attended King Ecbert School in Dore, Sheffield, can spend up to four weeks apart when Jessica goes off to compete in big competitions.
Jessica reveals she hardly speaks to construction site manager Andy during an event.
“I don’t want any distractions, so I’d be kicking myself If I’d been texting and talking to him all the way through, and then did rubbish.”
The blushing bride-to-be is even putting sporting ambitions before her wedding.
They haven’t named the day but they plan to tie the knot in a Sheffield church in 2013.
“It’s such a big day and I want to give it my full attention,” she told HELLO!
“The Olympics is my priority for now - it’s scary, but very exciting.”
Jessica, who for the second year finished third in the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year competition, is the odds-on favourite to win heptathlon gold for Great Britain at the London Olympics and is already the face of the Games.