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Tweedy and Cole in plan to marry
Cheryl Tweedy and Ashley Cole
Cole popped the question in Dubai
Girls Aloud star Cheryl Tweedy and Arsenal player Ashley Cole are engaged, it has been confirmed.

Cole, 24, asked the 21-year-old Newcastle-born singer to marry him while on holiday in Dubai and presented her with a 50,000 diamond ring.

The England defender has been dating Tweedy, 21, for nine months.

The pair had a luxury break following the end of the Girls Aloud tour. They returned to Tyneside on Wednesday to share the news with Tweedy's family.

The singer's spokesman said: "Ashley and Cheryl are engaged. He proposed in Dubai and she accepted straight away. Everyone is very happy for them."

Community service

In a statement Tweedy added: "Everything is perfect with Ashley - it's quite scary how good it all is.

"I think it's quite sweet that people call us the new Posh and Becks - I really don't have a problem with it at all.

"I suppose you could think of us as a smaller-scale version of them. I'm definitely happy with that comparison."

In 2003 Tweedy was found guilty of assaulting toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa in a nightclub in Guildford, Surrey. She received a 3,000 fine and 120 hours community service for the crime.

Earlier this month Cole was fined 100,000 for his part in a breach of Football Association rules following discussions with Premiership rivals Chelsea.

His agent Joanathan Barnett has lodged an appeal to clear his client's name.

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