“Thank you for saying YES and making me the happiest man in the world. You’re the love of my life, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you,” Tebow wrote in the caption of a picture capturing the moment he popped the question.
Somewhere between training for his career as a professional baseball player, managing Night to Shine events across the nation, opening a hospital in the Philippines, and praying for people, Tebow met Nel-Peters. According to The New York Post, the couple met at a Super Bowl party.
Nel-Peters is a model and the winner of the 2017 Miss Universe competition. Originally from South Africa, Nel-Peters spent the year 2018 visiting various cities around the world before her reign as Miss Universe ended in December when she crowned the current Miss Universe, Catriona Gray of the Philippines.
One of the things the couple has in common is a love for people with disabilities. Nels-Peters half-sister, Franje, was born with cerebellar agenesis, which is a condition where a person’s cerebellum (a key part of the brain) does not develop. Tebow’s Night to Shine events celebrate individuals with disabilities by throwing parties in their honor, similar in style to a prom.
Tebow started looking for love in earnest when his father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2016. At the time, Tebow said the diagnosis made him realize he wanted his children to know his father, and time may be short. Tebow’s love life was dealt a blow in 2015 when he broke up with then-girlfriend Olivia Culpo, also a winner of the Miss Universe title.
Looks like Tebow is all smiles now, though.