Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes: Where did they meet, when did they split and how did they get engaged?

18 March 2019, 12:55 | Updated: 18 March 2019, 13:01

Gareth Gates and Faye Brooks are now engaged
Gareth Gates and Faye Brooks are now engaged. Picture: Instagram/PA

The Pop Idol star and Coronation Street actress have revealed that they are engaged four months after they separated - but how did the pair meet?

Pop Idol star Gareth Gates, 34, and Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes, 31, are reportedly engaged.

The pair have been in a long term relationship but separated back in September announcing the news on Instagram. At the time a spokesperson for Gareth Gates said: “They remain the best of friends and hopefully after some time apart they’ll be clearer on what the future holds for them.”

It seems that the pair have now made amends and are set to tie the knot.

Here's a look back at their relationship so far...

Faye and Gareth pictured at the NTA's
Faye and Gareth pictured at the NTA's. Picture: PA

How did Gareth and Faye get engaged?

Faye Brooks told Lorraine that Gareth "pulled it out the bag" when he proposed to her.

The actress, who plays Kate Connor on the cobbles - revealed that part of the big moment included him performing a 17-minute song.

She said: "He's always been a gentleman from the moment I met him.

"He planned the whole thing behind my back, which I was thrilled about because I love surprises.

"He had my whole family involved. My brother went down to London to collect the ring, everything was planned to a tee.

"He's a perfectionist and it didn't go unmissed. He really did pull it out of the bag."

According to The Sun the couple are planning to celebrate their good news with a star studded engagement party at the swanky Gotham Hotel in Manchester.

The source said: “Faye and Gareth are over the moon."

How did Gareth and Faye meet?

The pair met back in 2012 when they both starred in a musical version of the film Legally Blonde.

Faye played the role of Elle Woods while Gareth played her Harvard Law School boyfriend and soon the romance blossomed off the stage.

They then starred in panto together that year and have been together ever since until they split briefly in September 2019.

"They’d been together a long time and the split was a bit of a blip, but they’ve totally got over it and now they want to plan their future as a couple."

“There will be lots of Faye’s co-stars and other famous faces alongside their friends and family - everyone will be delighted for them.”

The pair are said to be tight lipped about the engagement as they are reported to have signed an exclusive magazine deal to reveal the news later this month.