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Tim Tebow Opens Up About Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Engagement: “I Had to Lie, Like a Lot”

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It’s Tim Tebow-is-taken-time. The prolific, former college football player has been opening up about his engagement to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and how he planned so meticulously for the magic moment in early 2019.

“We had so many surprises, but the problem is I had to lie, like a lot,” Tebow said on Good Morning America on Wednesday, February 13. “I didn’t really like it or feel comfortable, but I had to. And it was worth it.” (Tebow, a professed Christian whose faith has been at the forefront of his athletic career, has been rather vocal about his religion since he was catapulted into he spotlight as the Florida Gators quarterback in 2007. The couple first met at a charity event, which was a big focus when they built out their gift picks on The Knot Registry.)

“[I] started part of the planning from months ahead of time,” Tebow also affirmed to Entertainment Tonight. “The problem is, once I felt like she started to get a clue, then I would, like, make up something else.”

Lucky for Tebow, he was ultimately able to pull off a mega surprise for the former beauty queen. “I had absolutely no idea that it was gonna be that day,” Nel-Peters, a former Miss South Africa, told ET at the same event. “I mean, I definitely knew how I felt about him and how we felt about each other, so that wasn’t a surprise, but I had no idea the proposal was gonna be that day.”

Tebow added on GMA, “She was totally surprised and I had her favorite singer come out after I proposed. [He sang] our favorite song called ‘The Wedding Song’ by Matthew Mole. I flew her family over from South Africa and her friends.”

In the midst of wedding planning, the two had to get used to referring to each other as “fiancé.”

“I totally messed up right after we got engaged and I introduced her as my girlfriend,” Tebow told GMA. “But it was OK, because then she did it a couple of days later. So I didn’t feel as bad.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.