Josh and El­yse’s big news

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They’ve won The Block, sold a sec­ond home and made mil­lions of dol­lars – but it seems 2017 is go­ing to end with an even big­ger bang for re­al­ity TV sweet­hearts Josh Barker and El­yse Knowles!

Sources close to the gor­geous cou­ple – who have been dat­ing for more than four years – re­veal that they’re set to an­nounce their en­gage­ment in the com­ing weeks, af­ter de­cid­ing to fi­nally take their re­la­tion­ship to the next level.

‘They’ve had such an amaz­ing three months – win­ning The Block and sell­ing their other home for a tidy profit,’ says a friend close to Josh. ‘And with all that ex­cite­ment, it’s re­ally brought them closer to one an­other and they’ve been talk­ing a lot about mar­riage.

‘We wouldn’t be sur­prised if there’s an an­nounce­ment in the next few weeks. I know Josh has been talk­ing a lot about pop­ping the ques­tion and mak­ing it all of­fi­cial. He loves El­yse to bits and knows she’s The One – it’s just a mat­ter of tak­ing the next very big step. And it sounds like they’re fi­nally ready to do it.’

Dur­ing The Block, the cou­ple made no se­cret of their deep love and af­fec­tion for one an­other – and how their fam­ily were con­stantly pes­ter­ing Josh to get down on bended knee.

‘He says: “Ev­ery time you ask, it adds an­other six months,”’ El­yse re­vealed to OK!, with Josh also con­firm­ing: ‘We’ve got goals set for the next three, five, 10 years and we know where we want to be and that’s what we want to do.’

But since sell­ing their Block home for more than $3 mil­lion – tak­ing home $557,000 in prize money – and mak­ing a cool $1 mil­lion on the re­cent sale of their sec­ond home in the Mel­bourne sub­urb of Coburg, it seems things have changed for the cou­ple.

‘Josh doesn’t want to wait any­more,’ says a source. ‘He wants to make El­yse his bride as soon as pos­si­ble.’

Now friends are pre­par­ing for Josh and El­yse’s star-stud­ded wed­ding – which some be­lieve could hap­pen in By­ron Bay.

‘Josh is from By­ron Bay and El­yse has al­ways loved the idea of hav­ing a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding,’ says a source close to the model. ‘There are so many beau­ti­ful places around By­ron to get mar­ried and we wouldn’t be sur­prised if she’s al­ready been check­ing them out.

‘And she’s be­come the dar­ling of the fash­ion set since The Block, so she’d have her choice of de­sign­ers to choose from when it came time to choose a bridal gown. When they get mar­ried, it will be an amaz­ing wed­ding – they’ll have ev­ery­one they love there, as well as all their new celebrity and Block friends.’

Josh and El­yse have par­tic­u­larly re­mained close with fel­low con­tes­tant Sticks – but there are two Block cou­ples that def­i­nitely won’t be in­vited to the wed­ding.

‘There’s no love lost be­tween Josh and El­yse, and Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia, as well as Ja­son and Sarah,’ says a source close to the cou­ple. ‘I’d be putting money down that they’re not in­vited to the wed­ding!’

But while the cou­ple are hap­pily talk­ing en­gage­ment, it seems ba­bies aren’t on the agenda just yet!

El­yse re­cently re­vealed that Josh was in no rush to have kids – es­pe­cially af­ter a re­cent get­away with Sticks and his two kids, in­clud­ing baby Lani.

‘Josh spent a week with Sticks and his wife Terri up at their home on the coast,’ El­yse told TV Week. ‘And he’s like: “Whoa! I don’t need a kid any­time soon.”’

‘I love kids... but it’s al­ways nice to give them back.’


There are ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing that Josh could pop the ques­tion any time now!

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful year of win­ning The Block and sell­ing their houses, Josh and El­yse are now look­ing to set­tle down to­gether. Friends say it’s un­likely Ron­nie, Ge­or­gia, Ja­son and Sarah will be on the wed­ding guest list.

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