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Opik to wed Cheeky Girl Gabriela


Lembit Opik's fiance (r) in action - video courtesy Multiply Records

Cheeky Girl singer Gabriela Irimia is to marry the Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, it has been reported.

The Montgomeryshire MP, 43, told Hello! magazine he had proposed last week in Rome and his girlfriend accepted.

Ms Irimia, 25, and her sister make up the novelty pop act the Cheeky Girls. She met Mr Opik on a TV show in 2006.

Mr Opik, who was previously engaged to ITV weather presenter Sian Lloyd, has not set a date for the wedding, the magazine reported.

The couple told Hello! he had proposed next to the Trevi Fountain in Rome last week, but have not set a date for the wedding.

Mr Opik added: "We were euphoric afterwards, walking around the city and then sipping champagne and chatting away in our hotel suite until the early hours. I couldn't ask for things to go better than they did."

The Liberal Democrat housing spokesman split up with Ms Lloyd in 2006.

She has since married millionaire Jonathan Ashman and has written a book - A Funny Kind of Love - which includes sections about her relationship with Mr Opik.

He has said he is considering legal action over claims in the book.

The Cheeky Girls arrived in the UK from their native Romania in 2002 and shot to fame with appearances on reality TV shows Popstars: The Rivals and Model Behaviour.

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