She said yes – wedding bells for Biggest Loser star

ITV's Biggest Loser  winner Kevin McLernon with fiance Joanne Chard
ITV's Biggest Loser winner Kevin McLernon with fiance Joanne Chard
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BIGGEST Loser champ Kevin McLernon is proving a winner in love.

The reality TV star has popped the question to his long-term partner who has supported him through thick and thin.

Undated handout before and after photos issued by ITV/Shine Productions of Kevin McLernon,38, from Sunderland, who has been crowned the winner of ITV1's The Biggest Loser after losing  12 stone 12lbs equating to a 40.00 percentage weight loss. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Wednesday March 14, 2012. McLernon, one of 14 contestants who started in this year's competition, said: 'I can't believe it - everything I've done since the minute I applied for the show has led me to this moment and it feels incredible. The victor - who weighed 32st 2lbs at the start of the competion - added: 'I came to The Biggest Loser as the heaviest person ever to compete in the programme and that gave me massive motivation to shed that title and chase the title of The Biggest Loser.' See PA story SHOWBIZ Loser. Photo credit should read: Neil Genower/ITV/Shine Productions/PA Wire''This photograph is (C) ITV/Shine Productions and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event

Undated handout before and after photos issued by ITV/Shine Productions of Kevin McLernon,38, from Sunderland, who has been crowned the winner of ITV1's The Biggest Loser after losing 12 stone 12lbs equating to a 40.00 percentage weight loss. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Wednesday March 14, 2012. McLernon, one of 14 contestants who started in this year's competition, said: 'I can't believe it - everything I've done since the minute I applied for the show has led me to this moment and it feels incredible. The victor - who weighed 32st 2lbs at the start of the competion - added: 'I came to The Biggest Loser as the heaviest person ever to compete in the programme and that gave me massive motivation to shed that title and chase the title of The Biggest Loser.' See PA story SHOWBIZ Loser. Photo credit should read: Neil Genower/ITV/Shine Productions/PA Wire''This photograph is (C) ITV/Shine Productions and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event

Kevin, 39, who shed an amazing 40 per cent of his body weight to be crowned ITV’s Biggest Loser 2012, said shedding the pounds finally gave him the confidence to ask Joanne Chard, 35, to be his wife.

The devoted Seaburn couple plan to tie the knot in October in a quiet ceremony abroad, before a party for family and friends in The Sage, Gateshead.

Kevin, said: “I had planned to propose when we were on holiday in France earlier this year because I thought it would be romantic, but the moment never seemed right.

“Funnily enough, the right time came when we were just sitting together at home on the settee talking and I just asked her.

“She said yes and started crying, we are both really excited about it.”

Joanne knew exactly which engagement ring she wanted – the one her late grandmother left her.

The bride-to-be said: “Even though we had talked about marriage, it still came as a shock when he asked me. We are so happy.

“Before, Kevin’s weight was always a huge worry wondering what his health would be like, but now things have totally changed. He is a different person, so full of energy and we can look forward to the future.”

Kevin, who met Joanne 10 years ago when they literally bumped into each other in a crowded bar, said: “We always had a good relationship, but my weight was like a big black cloud hanging over us and I didn’t feel like I could ask her, but now that has all lifted away. I’m so lucky to have her.”

Millions tuned in earlier in the year to see Kevin take the title when his weight dropped from 32st 2lb to 19st 4lb and, to keep it in the family, Kevin’s niece and partner on the television show, Amy McLernon from South Shields, took the runner-up spot, with her weight dropping from 19st to 12st 11lb.

During the past few months Kevin has continued to train hard and is still losing weight.

He is due to qualify to be a personal trainer himself shortly and hopes to inspire other people to shed weight and turn their lives around

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