Published on 06/06/11
STEPHEN IRELAND is to marry girlfriend Jessica Lawlor - after popping the question in a £25,000 proposal on a paradise island.
Aston Villa ace Stephen, 24, flew 25-year-old Jessica and a group of friends to California, then hired a yacht to take them to Catalina Island.
Stephen hid an enormous diamond ring in his swimming trunks, then got down on one knee at sunset.
A pal said: "Jess just kept saying 'Oh my God' - then of course she said yes. It must have cost £25,000, and he was very romantic."
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