Tennis star, Rafael Nadal is set to marry Mery Perelló, his longtime girlfriend by the end of April, after making their engagement public.
The beautiful couple, who have been in a committed relationship for 14 years, are set to tie the knot this autumn in a Mallorca-based ceremony.
HELLO!'s sister publication HOLA! has revealed that Rafa proposed to Mery, also known as Xisca, back in May during a romantic trip to Rome, but the couple kept it private for the first eight months of their engagement.
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Rafa previously hinted to HELLO! that he would love to have children with Mery, explaining: "Obviously, I have the intention of forming a family. I love children and I would like my children to do what they like," said the former world No.1 star who overcame his injury woes to finish second at the 2019 Australian Open.
As has been the case of most partners, Mery accompanied Nadal and was in the stands to cheer him on and support. This was the second time she had attended the Australian Open. The first time was in 2017.
Speaking about her attendance during an on-court interview, he said: "I had chance to visit Sydney, I haven't been there before. So I was knowing a little bit of the city and we enjoyed it. After ten years finally, my girlfriend gets a wildcard to come here."
Xisca hardly follows Nadal around for his competitions, but when she does, she sure is his No.1 supporter
HOLA! revealed that Nadal, 32, proposed to Mery, 30, also known as Xisca, last May during a romantic trip to Rome. However, the couple decided to keep the happy news private for the first eight months of their engagement.
Perello, was born Maria Francisca Perello and she is an insurance worker and business graduate
She also serves as a project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded almost ten years ago.
She has also done well keeping her relationship very private and giving Nadal space. Back in 2011, Mery spoke about her relationship with the tennis champ.
She told The Telegraph: 'Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me.
'He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.
'And then he would have to be worrying about me … No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.'