A Blackpool singer called in a favour from one of the world’s favourite musicians to make a special marriage proposal to his pop star partner.
Jake Roche, son of resort favourite Coleen Nolan, popped the question to Jesy Nelson of Little Mix fame on Sunday at the Manchester Arena as Ed Sheeran sang their favourite song, Tenerife Sea.
After posting a picture on the photo sharing website Instagram, the 22-year-old wrote: “A year ago today I met her at Manchester Arena, so it was only right, with a little help from my friend, that this happened. Best day of my life.”
The image showed Jake – the son of Coleen Nolan and Shane Richie – on one knee as he held out a ring to Jesy, with Ed standing off to the side with a guitar and a microphone.
Jake thanked Ed on Twitter for making an extra special effort to sing for them on his day off.
He wrote: “Travelled 5 hours to sing our favourite song on his day off.
“I will never ever be able to repay you. Love you pal. @edsheeran.”
Jesy, alongside bandmates Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, won reality talent show the X-Factor in 2011.
Proposal was ‘amazing’ – Jesy
Speaking after the proposal, Jesy said getting engaged felt like winning the X-Factor.
Jesy said: “To be honest, it was all a bit of a blur. I thought we’d finished sound check and then long and behold, old Ed walks on.
“I had my back turned to him and the girls were like, “Jess, Jess” and then I turned around and he sang mine and Jake’s song, ‘Tenerife Sea’. And as soon as he sang that, I just balled.”
She added: “We’ve spoken about (marriage) but I never thought that it was going to happen, not today! It sounds so strange but it felt like the feeling of when we won The X Factor.”