Jill Martin is engaged once more – to her ex-fiancé, Erik Brooks!
Page Six can completely reveal that the “Today” present contributor is again along with her former beau, and they’re now making ready to wed after Brooks proposed on Harbor Island within the Bahamas.
The couple break up in the course of the pandemic final yr after attempting to work by means of their long-distance relationship.
“Deciding to end our engagement last year was heart-wrenching,” Martin, 45, admitted in an essay penned for Today.com. “I used to say, ‘It literally takes my breath away to picture my life without him.’”
She added, “But our relationship couldn’t stay the way it was. We needed a pause. A long pause. And we took it.”
Although Martin beforehand advised us that she was again on the courting scene, she revealed that she was truly the who known as up Brooks, 55, once more after 18 months aside.
“When I called Erik on that random Thursday a few months ago, he was shocked to hear from me,” she recalled. “He took time to process that first conversation and then we began to learn about each other again. We wanted to make sure this time would be different. Better.”
Martin added she loves the best way Brooks loves her, but additionally “how I feel about myself when I am with him.”
“I am the best version of myself when we are together,” she defined. “I feel confident, smart and happy. We laugh all the time. While we still fight sometimes, we limit the drama. Misunderstandings that used to last for a weekend now last minutes.”
Brooks, who works in non-public fairness and has three youngsters from a earlier marriage, first proposed to Martin within the Hamptons in May 2019.
“Our first engagement was extravagant and over the top: flowers, a tent, pictures, our families, cameras, lights … very dramatic and grand. This time around it was different. It was beautiful, but it was different,” Martin shared. “We were on a small fishing boat in the Bahamas. It was just the two of us and, lucky for us, a couple on another nearby boat told us afterward that they took a picture of us while Erik was proposing.”
She continued, “Thank goodness they happened to be in that spot in the middle of the ocean – the snapshot later took my breath away. Erik simply said, ‘I can’t wait to spend the rest of forever with you.’ And we were engaged. Again.”
Martin, whose vacation “Deals and Steals” will stream on Peacock beginning Monday, additionally stated that everybody’s journey “is different.”
“It took me 45 years to find my fairy tale. When I realized I was confident on my own, that’s when I knew Erik and I were ready to get back together,” she stated. “The realistic version of my fairy tale was ready to be written.”