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Derek Hough is Engaged to Hayley Erbert After Nearly 7 Years of Dating

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert at the premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick"Photo by Emma McIntyre/WireImage

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After nearly seven years of dating, Derek Hough has officially popped the question to Hayley Erbert. This couple has sparked plenty of engagement and marriage rumors in the past, so fans are happy to see them set to wed.

Derek Hough Pops The Question to Hayley Erbert

On June 2, Derek Hough revealed that he is engaged to his girlfriend of nearly seven years, Hayley Erbert. The social media announcement comes with an intimate photo featuring Erbert in Hough’s arms, with perfectly color coordinated decorations surrounding them. This photo is so special because they’re clearly enjoying the moment. Hough captioned the photo saying that “it’s only the beginning… the beginning of forever.”

Reports state that Troy Williams of Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events helped plan the unforgettable moment.

“The proposal happened last Monday. Derek surprised her and got her out of the house for the afternoon. He wanted their home transformed,” he said. They’re an adventurous couple and have seen such big moments, but their home is their sanctuary and it’s where they fell even more in love.”

Reportedly, Erbert left the house thinking she was going to surprise Hough for his birthday later that evening. As soon as she left, Hough and Williams totally transformed the room. To achieve the look, they used 202 candles, flowers, white roses, white peonies, and nude champagne roses. Each decoration matched the colors of their home.

Fans Are Happy They’re Finally Engaged

Marriage rumors sparked for this couple last December due to an anonymous tip on an Instagram gossip account, Deuxmoi. At the time, the account shared a screenshot stating that a big network TV judge would be marrying his longtime girlfriend that month. Hints within the post included details of their ages, as well as how long they’ve been together. Pretty much all of Reddit believed this was true until today’s engagement confirmation.

Erbert and Hough began dating in July 2015 after first meeting at Derek and Julianne Hough’s Move Live Tour a year prior. A year into their relationship, Erbert joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars alongside her boyfriend.

This engagement has been in the making for years, whether the couple knew it or not. Hough has continually faked proposal announcements in the media since explaining that he felt no pressure to walk down the aisle. The dancer joked that he would propose before the start of 2020, during the COVID-19 crisis, and at their Las Vegas residency.

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