New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who won plaudits for her sensitive handling of the Christchurch terror attacks, just got engaged to her long-term partner Clarke Gayford over Easter. Her spokesperson has confirmed the news.
Her spokesperson was asked about Ardern’s engagement after she was spotted wearing a diamond ring on the middle finger of her left hand in a ceremony on Friday. An eagle-eyed journalist noticed the ring and contacted the PM office. Her spokesperson said that the couple had indeed got engaged over Easter.
Ardern had given birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Neve Te Aroha. She had written on Instagram after the birth of her baby, “Welcome to our village wee one.
Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.”
In January this year, Ardern was asked by BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire if she would ever propose to Gayford. To which she had said, “No I would not ask, no. I want to put him through the pain and torture of having to agonise about that question himself.”
Ardern had become a global hero because of the way she handled the fallout of the Christchurch terror attacks, which killed 50 Muslim worshippers during the Friday prayers.