Er­ica Packer happy at last

The mother-of-three has fi­nally found her fairy­tale end­ing

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Giddy with ex­cite­ment, an elated Er­ica Packer couldn’t con­tain her joy as she ex­am­ined the di­a­mond ring sparkling on her en­gage­ment fin­ger.

And friends say the fairy­tale mo­ment was cap­tured on cam­era just af­ter the 41-year-old agreed to marry her hand­some Amer­i­can lover En­rique Martinez Ce­laya – in the shadow of Paris’ beau­ti­ful Eif­fel Tower, no less.

“Er­ica and her man were ab­so­lutely ec­static – they kept paus­ing in the street to kiss and smile at each other,” says an on­looker.

“Peo­ple were ac­tu­ally watch­ing them, which is say­ing some­thing since cou­ples get en­gaged in Paris all the time. It was lovely to see – they’re clearly head over heels for each other.”

WHIRL­WIND RO­MANCE

The ro­man­tic Parisian pro­posal comes just eight months af­ter the pair started dat­ing, with re­ports say­ing that they met “on the school run” in Er­ica’s adopted home­town of Los An­ge­les.

“It was love at first sight, and you can’t blame Er­ica for that – I mean, he’s one very good-look­ing guy!” says a close friend.

Er­ica, 41, was mar­ried to Aussie me­dia mogul James Packer from 2007 to 2013. The cou­ple moved from Aus­tralia to Hol­ly­wood so the bil­lion­aire could work more closely with his film pro­duc­tion com­pany, just be­fore their six-year mar­riage came to an end.

The exes, who still have a close friend­ship and live a short dis­tance from each other in Bel Air, share three chil­dren, In­digo, 10, Jack­son, eight, and Em­manuelle, six.

CRE­ATIVE SPIRIT

Er­ica’s new fi­ance is also a fam­ily man. The 54-year-old, who was born in Cuba and has lived in Spain and Puerto Rico be­fore set­tling in the US, has four chil­dren of his own from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage.

En­rique de­scribes him­self as an artist, pho­tog­ra­pher and sculp­tor – and his cre­ative spirit is said to be the rea­son why Er­ica fell for him.

“She was putty in his hands the se­cond she heard his ex­otic ac­cent,” says our source. “And when she found out he was so artis­tic, she was even more into him.”

While James, 51, is said to be happy for model Er­ica, friends say her most re­cent ex, 55-yearold singer Seal, wasn’t as thrilled to find out the news that she’s of­fi­cially off the mar­ket.

“No one knows why Seal and Er­ica split, but it wasn’t par­tic­u­larly am­i­ca­ble,” spills an in­sider.

“See­ing her look so bliss­fully happy so soon into a re­la­tion­ship with a new guy must have cut him to the core some­what.”

SWEET SUR­PRISE

It’s un­likely though that Er­ica would’ve even no­ticed any ill feel­ing sur­round­ing her whirl­wind ro­mance.

“She has never been so de­lighted,” says the in­sider.

“She’s in a bub­ble of love with En­rique and wasn’t ex­pect­ing his pro­posal at all, which makes the sur­prise even sweeter.”

‘It was love at first sight – he’s one very good­look­ing guy!’

The cou­ple strolled hand-in­hand in a park, even stop­ping for a few kisses.

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