From secret dates to diamond rings: The year Pearl and Robert finally stepped out

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Their romance was one of the worst kept secrets, but perhaps one of the biggest fascinations of 2016.

TV personality Pearl Thusi and Robert Marawa’s relationship has gone from being spotted together to Pearl gushing over her recent engagement.

So, we decided to take a closer look at how it all unfolded this year.

January – Pearl had for months been linked to TV sports personality Robert Marawa, and for months she had denied it. But as 2016 rolled in, the pair were spotted at a fancy looking restaurant together.

April – Pearl once again shut down rumours of their romance and told SABC 1’s Real Goboza that she was not dating anyone.

June – Pearl gets tongues wagging when she showed up at the SA Music Awards wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring.

“Somebody special may have decided that I needed a special type of jewellery,” Pearl told TV host Minnie Dlamini when quizzed about the ring.

July – Pearl uploaded a picture of herself with Robert at the Durban July. Fans naturally commented that the pair looked amazing together- but neither of them would confirm the romance.

August – Robert Marawa confirmed to Real Talk host Anele Mdoda that he is engaged, saying that “the evidence is there”. A few days later, Pearl told US publication HelloBeautiful that she was engaged.

September – Pearl once again hints at the couple’s romance by uploading an image of Robert to her Instagram, calling him her Man Crush Monday.

October- After months of hiding her man on social media, Pearl made her romance with Robert Instagram official. She uploaded four loved-up snaps of the pair over the course of a week.

She also opens up to Anele Mdoda about how her man proposed to her.

“Without giving away too much, he took me to my favourite restaurant, he’s very romantic. As soon as I eat I’m trying to find a bed, that’s how I operate. So we ate and I was getting tired. Then he was like okay, ‘have a creme brulee and the dessert arrived in like 10 seconds, so I ate it quickly. But I soon realised what was happening. There he was sweating and it happened, he knelt but I didn’t see it because of the moment.” Pearl said.

Unfortunately, Pearl would not reveal when the pair are set to tie the knot.

But judging by their romance in 2016, we wouldn’t be surprised if 2017 brings wedding bells for these two.

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