Olympic gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars alum Charlie White, 26, is finally engaged to girlfriend of five years, ice dancer Tanith Belbin, 29.
White posted a picture on Instagram on Monday with the caption “Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting for the best time in our life! Hashtag she said yes!!!” White popped the question while they were in Hawaii for a vacation.
In the photo Tanith can be seen wearing a dazzling new diamond engagement ring on her finger.
— Charlie White (@CharlieaWhite) June 7, 2014
White has been busy the past year. He and his professional dancing partner, Meryl Davis, who also competed and won Dancing with the Stars, won the gold medal in ice dancing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Many have speculated that White and Davis are together, but Davis has also been linked to her Dancing with the Stars partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy. Davis congratulated her dancing partner on Twitter, “Congrats to these two! Beautiful girl, beautiful (ring). Good work @CharlieaWhite.”
According to Belbin, she does not mind that people assume White and Davis are together. In March, White said in an interview that Belbin gets it. “She won the silver medal in 2006 with her partner Ben Agosto, and people were always like, ‘Are you guys dating?’ It’s just something you get as dancers. Her understanding makes my life so much easier.” Two weeks ago, White thanked his girlfriend and their puppy and wrote, “The past 6 months have been the craziest of my life and I can honestly say there’s no way I would have survived without these two. 5 years together, but it only feels like 5 days.”
The news of White and Belbin’s engagement stole the spotlight from Davis and Chmerkovskiy, even if just for a bit. Rumors about Davis and Chmerkovskiy dating started to emerge during the last season of Dancing with the Stars, and even became more widespread when the season ended. With the engagement news, fans on Twitter congratulated the couple, while some were disappointed that White is engaged to Belbin and not Davis. One user wrote, “possibly the most devastating news this morning is charlie white is engaged to not meryl davis.”
possibly the most devastating news this morning is charlie white is engaged to not meryl davis
— liz (@sheeranscity) June 11, 2014
— Julie Chu (@juliechu13) June 11, 2014
— Sharna Burgess (@SharnaBurgess) June 10, 2014
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) June 10, 2014
Image via Charlie White, Instagram