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Alison Hammond is engaged to her landscape gardener beau Ben Hawkins, her future father-in-law has confirmed. 

Chatting exclusively to MailOnline Colin Hawkins, 72, said that wedding bells are on the horizon for the pair after they both ‘proposed to one another’.

When asked if Ben and Alison were marrying, Colin replied: ‘I do know they have both proposed to one another but there are no rings that I know of.’ 

He also said how Alison, 48, was the ‘nicest woman we’ve ever met’ and spoke of how happy the pair are.

It comes after the loved-up couple were pictured for the first time together last Monday as she left Ben’s home wearing a green dress and a camouflage coat.

The This Morning star is said to have fallen for Ben – who was pictured today at his Birmingham home – after employing him to tend to her garden at her West Midlands home almost two years ago.

Romance: Alison Hammond is engaged to her landscape gardener beau Ben Hawkins, her future father in law has revealed, (pictured at the BAFTAs on Sunday night)

Romance: Alison Hammond is engaged to her landscape gardener beau Ben Hawkins, her future father in law has revealed, (pictured at the BAFTAs on Sunday night) 

Love: Chatting exclusively to MailOnline Colin Hawkins, 72, said that wedding bells are on the horizon for the pair after they both 'proposed to one another' (Ben pictured at his home today)

Love: Chatting exclusively to MailOnline Colin Hawkins, 72, said that wedding bells are on the horizon for the pair after they both ‘proposed to one another’ (Ben pictured at his home today)

It’s thought they have been together for around a year and a half now. 

Speaking at his family home in Redditch, Ben’s father Colin has now said: ‘They are really happy but they haven’t got everything sorted just yet but they are both talking about marriage, that is true.

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‘What I do know is that when it happens none of us will know about it because it’ll be done in private. That much they have told me.

‘I love Alison to bits. She’s the nicest woman we’ve ever met. I would love to tell you a load of stories and they are all good, but I can’t because she’s asked us to keep things private.

‘If you go to her when you’re in trouble, she will help you, that’s the way she is. I know they will get it together and I won’t be there to see it but it will be a very proud day for me. I will be Alison’s father-in-law and that’ll be lovely.’

Representatives for Alison have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.  

It was previously revealed she had a mystery man she was ‘willing to marry.’ 

The fun-loving television presenter is said to have employed Ben to tend to the plot at her West Midlands home two years ago, with the pair hitting it off.

The Sun claimed the duo were also spotted together again on Valentine’s Day. 

Wedding bells: Asked if Ben and Alison were engaged, Colin replied: 'I do know they have both proposed to one another but there are no rings that I know of'

Wedding bells: Asked if Ben and Alison were engaged, Colin replied: ‘I do know they have both proposed to one another but there are no rings that I know of’ 

Casual: The tradesman looked casual in a navy tracksuit as he stepped out near his Birmingham home on Monday

Casual: The tradesman looked casual in a navy tracksuit as he stepped out near his Birmingham home on Monday 

A pal told the publication: ‘They love to hang out and have been for meals and down to the pub. They’re both down to earth and get on like a house on fire.

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‘She makes him laugh and Alison thinks it’s cute he still lives with his parents.’

Ben, who lives with his parents is said to be completely in love with Alison and she previously said about her man, who was a mystery at the time: ‘He loves me to bits. 

‘He absolutely worships me and massages my feet every single day.’

Alison recently teased fans about her love interest and has told them that she is willing to marry her ‘mystery man’.

The former Strictly star described him as ‘lovely’ and said on ITV’s This Morning how she’d ‘had him hidden for a year and a half . . . and no-one knew!’

Going strong: It's thought they have been together for around a year and a half now (Ben pictured on Monday)

Going strong: It’s thought they have been together for around a year and a half now (Ben pictured on Monday)

'He makes my heart sing': Alison said she's happier than ever with her then mystery boyfriend on Lorraine back in June

‘He makes my heart sing’: Alison said she’s happier than ever with her then mystery boyfriend on Lorraine back in June

Alison revealed she was ‘off the market’ in May last year when her This Morning co-host Dermot O’Leary, 49, let it slip that she had a boyfriend during the show.

Dermot said to Alison: ‘You’re not available anymore, but if you were, jeez what a catch!’ 

Alison said: ‘What do you mean I’m not available? I’m available!’

After the presenters went debated her relationship status, Alison teased: ‘Is there someone in my life?’, to which Dermot remarked, ‘I think so!’

Giggling Alison joked: ‘Can you believe Dermot outed me on the TV?’

A beaming Alison then joked that her co-host had ‘told the whole world’.

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The duo then erupted into laughter before Alison told ITV viewers: ‘I have got somebody guys, I’m off the market, I’m so sorry guys!’

Pals: This came after Dermot O'Leary spilt the beans about Alison's relationship status live on air (pictured together on the show together in May)

Pals: This came after Dermot O’Leary spilt the beans about Alison’s relationship status live on air (pictured together on the show together in May)

Former flame: The presenter previously dated her security guard Jamie Savage from 2014-2017 (pictured with Alison's son Aidan)

Former flame: The presenter previously dated her security guard Jamie Savage from 2014-2017 (pictured with Alison’s son Aidan)

Ex-husband: Alison used to be married to cab driver Noureddine Boufaied, with whom she shares son Aiden, 18

Ex-husband: Alison used to be married to cab driver Noureddine Boufaied, with whom she shares son Aiden, 18

The following month, ex reality star Alison revealed she was happier than ever with her secret boyfriend.

She said her mystery man ‘makes her heart sing’ before going on to say that she prefers to keep details of her private life to herself.

Speaking on an episode of Lorraine Alison beamed from ear to ear as she discussed her beau.

She told host Lorraine Kelly, 63: ‘He makes my heart sing and I feel content, he enriches my life in way that I can’t explain.’

Alison was previously married to cab driver Noureddine Boufaied, with whom she shares son Aiden, 18.

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