Lisa Maxwell's leap year proposal
Lisa Maxwell has taken advantage of leap year traditions by proposing to her partner of 15 years, Paul Jessup
Lisa Maxwell has taken advantage of leap year traditions by proposing to her partner.
The 'Loose Women' panellist honoured the February 29th ritual - which sees the woman in a relationship get down on one knee every four years - by popping the question to her long-term love Paul Jessup, who she has been with since 1997.
While the couple have been together for 15 years and have 12-year-old daughter Beau together, they have never tied the knot, allowing the 48-year-old star to make use of leap year traditions.
However, she accidentally got the wrong day, and admitted she popped the question yesterday (28.02.12).
Speaking on ITV1's 'Loose Women', Lisa explained: "The fact we know where our lives are going, I was thinking what's the big surprise? The only thing we don't have is marriage. So yesterday I proposed to Paul.
"We were in bed at the time and I had planned it all day, trying to get it right, and all day trying to be a really, really, really lovely girlfriend because you don't really want to have a row on the day that you are going to ask that big question."
Despite the mix-up in dates, Lisa confessed putting the final seal on her relationship made her "so happy".
She added: "It's something we had talked about but we hadn't really had a proposal. So I thought I would say to him, once and for all, 'Will you marry me?' - and he said, 'Of course I will, knobby!'
"I love him, I want to spend the rest of my life with him. You mean the world to me, Paul. I'm so happy, I didn't know I would be. So there you go."