Actress Nicky Whelan who is best known for her role as Pepper Steiger in Neighbours announced her engagement to former NFL player Kerry Rhodes earlier this year. The announcement was made via Instagram and included a picture of the couple with Whelan looking down at her ring, made from an impressive 6.5 carat diamond. They also posted the same photograph on Twitter.
The announcement came as a surprise to fans as the couple have kept their relationship very private up until now. There have only been a few other photographs and posts on their social media accounts before this announcement and they do not often make it into the gossip pages of showbiz magazines. Whelan split from her previous boyfriend Chad Michael Murray after just six months back in 2014. Rhodes was forced to deny rumours that he was gay after a picture emerged of him with his arm around one of his male friends.
The diamond ring was designed by Gabriel Jacobs, a jeweller who works for Rafaello & Co, a company based in New York City. They posted their own photo of Nicky Whelan wearing the ring and sent their congratulations. It is made with a 6.5 carat canary diamond that is radiant cut. Rhodes proposed to Whelan one Friday evening as they were preparing to head out for the evening, and she accepted the proposal with no hesitation. It was not something she was expecting to happen but the couple could not be happier.
Fans got a better look at the ring when the couple made a public appearance at the Los Angles Confidential magazine get together which was held at Exchange LA. The couple posed on the red carpet and were happy to be photographed and sharing news of their engagement. They were both dressed in black outfits and Nicky Whelan had her ring proudly on display. The smiles on their faces made it clear to everyone that they were both thrilled with the news.