Matildas star Sam Kerr has shared intimate photos from the moment she proposed to her long-term girlfriend, Kristie Mewis.
The superstar striker showed herself on bended knee in photos shared to Instagram on Tuesday, asking for American soccer player, Mewis, hand in marriage.
In the photos, Mewis seemed taken by surprise as she beamed at Kerr, who was holding a ring box open.
The happy couple were elated as Sam lifted her arm with joy, as Mewis nestled in close to her in another photo.
A close-up image of the massive diamond on Mewis’ hand proved Kerr was clearly spared no expense for the occasion.
‘September 1st, 2023,’ the couple captioned the photos.
Sam was seen wearing a blue button down shirt along with a pair of black shorts in the photos. She finished her ensemble with white sneakers.
Mewis was in a blue crop and bike shorts for the special day, also finishing her outfit with a pair of white sneakers.
The couple were inundated with congratulations from their followers, including other sporting celebrities.
‘Congratulations,’ Australian cricketer David Warner wrote.
‘Congrats!!’ the Matildas official account added on the page.
‘Huge congrats,’ athlete Remy Siemsen penned.
It comes just weeks after Mewis confirmed to People magazine the couple are engaged following months of speculation.
‘[She’s] my biggest supporter, always listening to me nag and complain all, all of my crazy antics,’ she told the publication.
Rumours had been rife that Kerr and Mewis were engaged after Australia’s biggest football star posted a photo to social media showing her wearing a gold ring on her wedding finger in September.
The Matildas striker included the shot in an Instagram post accompanied by the simple caption ‘September people x’ with two other images showing a jewelled ring on the left ring finger of her girlfriend Mewis.
Images taken on Kerr’s birthday in September also appeared to show Mewis hiding her ring finger.
The pair had celebrated Kerr’s 30th birthday, with a photo of their dinner showing the Aussie with her hand wrapped around Mewis’s waist – and the American football star’s left hand carefully positioned to avoid showing any ring.
‘Happy Birthday my love,’ she captioned the post.
Fans were also given a glimpse at the ring on Mewis’ hand in an accidental sneak peek when Mewis featured in a promotional clip for the EA FC 24 video game in mid September.
Mewis’ left hand appeared to be obscured on purpose in recent photos of the couple as the speculation reached fever pitch.
Fans called the photo of Kerr sporting the gold band a ‘soft engagement launch’, with one writing, ‘Ahahah the ring congrats Sam’ and another asking, ‘So where’s the proposal vid?’
Mewis followed-up with a post to her Instagram story earlier the same month, showing what looked to be her hand holding Kerr’s.
Once again, most of the fingers on Mewis’ left hand could not be seen in the photo – leading some to think she might have been hiding a ring.
The couple met while they were both playing for competing clubs in the US league in 2019.
They spoke online for almost four months during the 2020 Covid lockdown before spending two weeks in quarantine together, where they quickly fell in love.
The pair continued their romance in the lead-up to the Olympics in 2021 where – following America’s defeat of Australia in the semi-finals – they were photographed together.
Their on-pitch embrace made headlines as Kerr’s break-up from her former longtime partner – another US club player, Nikki Stanton – had not yet become public.
November 2021 marked the first time the pair – who last met competitively at the Tokyo Olympics – had played against each other since going ‘Instagram official’ in August that year.
Their cross-global romance has since been heavily documented on social media with both women amassing hundreds of thousands of followers.
‘We’re not private people. I like sharing my story. I like sharing who I am outside of football’ Kerr told UK publication Gaffer earlier this year.
‘Football is 5 per cent of my life’ she added.
Back in August, the couple travelled to Sydney while Kerr played with the Matildas in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Mewis had been following her girlfriend around the country as the Matlidas competed in the Women’s World Cup.
In a twist, had Kerr competed against Kristie’s ex-girlfriend Rachel Daly, who played for England, in the semi-final.
Kerr and Mewis are the undisputed power couple of women’s football and the pair have amassed thousands of followers since their relationship has blossomed.
Kerr previously dated long-time girlfriend Nikki Stanton for almost eight years before quietly splitting in 2021.
It’s understood Kerr told friends at the time that she and Stanton, who is also a high-profile American footballer in her own right, had ‘fallen out of love’.
Kerr reportedly ended their long-term romance abruptly in the lead-up to the Tokyo Games.