Inside Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton’s dating history as she gets engaged to Michael Strutt

Big Brother’s Chantelle Houghton announced her engagement to Michael Strutt in April, after saying that they’d been dating for just over three months.

The star, 36, who is mum to daughter Dolly, who she shares with former partner Alex Reid, had previously posted photos of her now-fiancé with a heart over his face on Instagram, concealing his identity, before announcing the news and revealing his identity to new magazine.

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Posting a stock image of a diamond ring, the 36 year old wrote: “Ok, I know it’s lockdown and isolation but he just asked me to marry him: I said YES. I will love him forever.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the reality star’s dating history and her new beau…

How did Chantelle and Michael get together?

Chantelle reportedly first met Michael nine years ago when he was the neighbour of her mum Vivien in Essex.

At the time of living next to Chantelle’s mum, Michael was raising his son and daughter with now-ex Sara Voyce.

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Of the pair's friendship, a source told Mail Online: “Chantelle and Michael have known each other for almost a decade. It hasn't exactly been a whirlwind romance between them.

“They've been friends for a long time now and Michael knows her mum well from being her neighbour.”

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The source continued: “It's awkward for Michael's ex Sara who also lived there and knows Chantelle's family but they're trying to keep things amicable for their children.”

Michael and Chantelle were first pictured together during lockdown whilst out on a bike ride, where Chantelle could be seen wearing a sparkling engagement ring.

In a new interview with new magazine, Michael revealed his engagement had been a “sore subject,” with ex Sara, adding: "I have two children with her, a son and a daughter. And I think it was a sore subject for her to have another woman in their lives."

And Chantelle said it was important to get her mum's seal of approval, adding: "My mum has known Michael for a while and she knows he is a decent guy, so she isn't worried."

Who did Chantelle date before Michael?

This will be Chantelle’s third engagement and second marriage.

Before Michael, Chantelle struck up a relationship with The Ordinary Boys singer Preston in the Big Brother House in 2006. At the time of their meeting, Preston was engaged to another woman.

After falling in love in the famous house, the couple got engaged in April and married in August, but their romance didn’t last and they parted ways in June 2007.

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The reality stars are still close friends and recently reunited for a new magazine shoot and addressing the chemistry they still have, Chantelle said: "I just think for me there will always be something. I will always love you."

Of her engagement to Michael, Chantelle told new: "Preston sent me a message of congratulations and said he was really happy for me."

In 2011, Chantelle announced her engagement to Katie Price’s ex-husband Alex Reid live on Ireland’s Saturday Night Show. The couple welcomed their daughter Dolly in June 2012, but split in October.

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