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Ryan Lochte Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid

The proposal occurred at sunset along the Malibu Canyon



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    Ryan Lochte visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on Sept. 23, 2016, in Universal City, California.

    Ryan Lochte is officially off the market!

    In the middle of "Dancing With the Stars" rehearsals, the Olympic athlete decided to escape and pull off a special proposal to girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid.

    "Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA," Ryan shared on Instagram Sunday evening as his fiancee showed off a stunning diamond ring.

    Kayla added, "Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU." The proposal occurred at sunset along the Malibu Canyon.

    Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA

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    The proposal may comes as a surprise to fans. After all, some speculated that the gold medalist was totally single when he was in Rio competing in the Summer Olympics.

    But in recent months, the pair has been inseparable as Lochte continues competing on "Dancing With the Stars" alongside partner Cheryl Burke.

    If you thought Ryan's Olympics scandal would hurt their relationship, we've learned that it only strengthened the pair's bond.

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    "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?'" Ryan recently shared with USA TODAY Sports. "When I realized this was ‘the one' was when she stuck behind me through this. She still loves me and she's still right there with me."

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    The pair first clicked in January 2016 when they met at a Los Angeles nightclub. Ever since the surprise run-in, Ryan knew that she was something special.

    "From the very first time I met her, everything has like clicked,'' Ryan shared. "That's why I know I can propose to her because everything that's happened and she's been keeping me so positive. She doesn't care about my fame. She doesn't care about anything. All she cares about is me being happy."

    Congratulations to the couple on the big news.