Chris Hughes admits he plans to propose to girlfriend Annabel Dimmock

Chris Hughes admits “it won’t be long” before he proposes to girlfriend Annabel Dimmock – and says her mother thought they were getting engaged during their recent vacation in the Maldives.

The former Love Island star, 29, confessed to being a hopeless romantic and says he refuses to judge couples who marry after a brief relationship.

In an exclusive interview, Chris, who has been dating professional golfer Annabel, 25, since August, said he “couldn’t be happier” and feels “extremely settled” after the couple moved in together late last year.

‘If it’s good, it’s good’: Chris Hughes admits ‘it won’t be long’ before he proposes to girlfriend Annabel Dimmock – and says her mum thought they’d get engaged during their recent vacation at the Maldives

Chris told MailOnline: ‘It won’t be long… Even Annabel’s friends messaged her when we went to the Maldives last month, it was at the very last minute.

“Everyone thought I was going to get married because of the time of year. I don’t know if Annabel did… her mother said to her, ‘Do you think Chris could propose to her?’

“I’m a very family oriented person, it’s just the way I was raised and Annabel’s family is the same.

‘I’m not one of those people that if someone gets engaged after a month, I don’t even think it’s weird or not normal. I think it’s personal to yourself and your relationship. I am old for my time; I should have lived in the 50’s.

“One thing you can cling to from that time is that when you met someone, if it was okay, you would get married, even after a few months into your relationship, you would get married. If it’s good, it’s good.’

'I'm old before my time': The former Love Island star confessed to being a hopeless romantic and says he refuses to judge couples who marry after a brief relationship

‘I’m old before my time’: The former Love Island star confessed to being a hopeless romantic and says he refuses to judge couples who marry after a brief relationship

Following the end of his high-profile relationship with former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson, 30, in 2020, Chris admits he now feels “comfortable” and in a “great place” with his love life.

He explained: “I feel very much at home now in that I moved into a new house just before November.

“As a whole I’m very settled in my life and that’s where I wanted to go.

“I’m at the age now where stereotypical people think they should settle down and have a house – I don’t think it’s like that anymore, but for me I’m comfortable with where I am.

“I’m in a great place with my love life, I’m settled, I’m having a good time and that’s the most important thing. I really couldn’t be happier.’

'I'm in a great place': Chris, who has been dating pro golfer Annabel since August, said he 'couldn't be happier' and feels 'extremely settled' after the couple moved in together

‘I’m in a great place’: Chris, who has been dating pro golfer Annabel since August, said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ and feels ‘extremely settled’ after the couple moved in together

Chris, who has been reporting live horse racing with ITV Racing since 2019, believes he has found his perfect match in Annabel, who as a professional golfer shares a mutual love of sport.

He said, ‘I love it. She appreciates it when I sit there and watch sports and I become myself and when I’m fixated during a Sunderland game.

‘I couldn’t do without sport; I know this sounds extreme, but what would the world be without sports? Being a professional golfer, she understands that.

“She’s gone 32 weeks a year, although abroad, so I really only see her for about 20 weeks a year unless I go see her.”

Chris becomes even more domesticated for Annabel and learns to operate a washing machine and use a dishwasher for the first time in 29 years.

Looking good: Chris is the new ambassador for Fudge Professional, starring in the hair brand's fourth episode of their social media series In The Chair

Looking good: Chris is the new ambassador for Fudge Professional, starring in the hair brand’s fourth episode of their social media series In The Chair

He said: ‘You learn a lot about each other when you live together. I’m trying to get a little better… I now know how to operate a washing machine.

“Until a month ago, I’d never put one on in my life. Annabel does 90 percent of the housework, so I had to do my best, now I make the bed when I’m the last one out.

“Now I’ve figured out how to put in the dishwasher tablets and operate the washing machine…I feel like it’s done a little more efficiently when Annabel does it…”

Chris is the new ambassador for Fudge Professional and stars in the hair brand’s fourth episode of their social media series In The Chair.

The TV star joins Fudge Professional Global Brand Ambassador, Jonathan Andrew, for an intimate talk about men’s mental health and the relationship between Chris, self-confidence and his hair.

Past stars of the Fudge Professional episodes include Jamie Laing of Made In Chelsea, Pete Wicks, regular TOWIE and Vicky Pattison, Geordie Shore’s favorite.

In person: The TV star joins Fudge Professional Global Brand Ambassador, Jonathan Andrew, (pictured) for an intimate talk about men's mental health and the relationship between Chris, self-confidence and his hair

In person: The TV star joins Fudge Professional Global Brand Ambassador, Jonathan Andrew, (pictured) for an intimate talk about men’s mental health and the relationship between Chris, self-confidence and his hair

Honest: Chris admits in the 28-minute film, which can be seen in full on the star's Instagram profile, that he doesn't feel 'fully clothed' until his hair is styled

Honest: Chris admits in the 28-minute film, which can be seen in full on the star’s Instagram profile, that he doesn’t feel ‘fully clothed’ until his hair is styled

He said, “I’m a mental health advocate and for me, my hair gives me confidence.

“If I’m attending a red carpet or an event or presenting work, if my hair isn’t right, I lose all confidence in myself.

“It seems like it’s much more acceptable for women to have all of these body positivity tools, but with the men’s side, it’s only gotten much clearer in recent years.”

Chris admits in the 28-minute film, which can be seen in full on the star’s Instagram profile, that he doesn’t feel “fully clothed” until his hair is styled.

He added: “I talk about how much my hair gives me that confidence during my In The Chair session.

“I don’t feel fully dressed or feel as confident talking to people when my hair isn’t done. That may sound crazy to some people, but it will resonate with others.

“I have very versatile hair, over the years I’ve changed colors, I’ve had a buzz cut, I even shaved my hair at one point. In the next 12 months I will definitely be doing something extravagant with my hair.”

  • To watch the NEW episode of In the Chair with Jonathan Andrew & Chris Hughes, visit @fudgehair on Instagram & YouTube
'It may sound crazy to some people': Chris discusses the relationship between men's mental health and hair care, while confessing that he feels a boost in self-esteem when his hair is styled

‘It may sound crazy to some people’: Chris discusses the relationship between men’s mental health and hair care, while confessing that he feels a boost in self-esteem when his hair is styled

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