zonatau.com – The NI couple’s engagement video has gone viral on TikTok with almost 20 million views
An Armagh mum whose recent engagement video went viral with almost 20 million views says she “didn’t expect” her partner to propose.
Annalivia Hynds, 24, was on holiday in Spain with her partner Ruairi McGivern, 26, last month when she decided to pop the question recorded on her TikTok account.
At the time of writing, the clip had 17.8 million views and 2.8 million “likes”.
“I wasn’t expecting the ring at all,” Annalivia told the Belfast Telegraph.
“I was so happy, but so, so shocked. We’ve been together for six years and have two children, so it was coming — I just had no idea when.”
She added that the couple have received some “hate” under their short TikTok clip, but said “that’s what comes with social media and putting yourself out there”.
Annalivia now has more than 60,000 TikTok followers and almost 22,000 on her Instagram profile. The beautician and former marketing assistant noted that she has “been working hard on TikTok”.
With her increased following and engagement, she has recently left her marketing job and is focusing on full-time paid content creation while pursuing her beauty career on the side.
“I think I got close to 30,000 followers after that video, so that’s a lot,” he continued.
Warrenpoint native Ruairi was given an engagement ring three days before he got down on one knee. He wanted to propose in Cambrils, Spain while they were away on a family trip.
“But he’s the type of guy who never carries a bag, so he can’t take the ring into the apartment without me seeing the bag and maybe asking him,” Annalivia said with a laugh.
“I was still making TikToks in the garden of the apartment and he asked if he could do it – and he did.” The couple are parents to two daughters, two-year-old Robyn and seven-month-old Rhea, and want to wait three or four years before tying the knot, when their girls are a little older.
“We’re between a foreign and domestic wedding, so we’re not sure,” added Annalivia. The pair met at the Belmont nightclub in Banbridge in 2014 and although Annalivia said her friends were actually with Ruairi’s friends, they never crossed paths.
“The first night we met, he tried to talk to me, said he wanted to be my girlfriend, and I thought, ‘God, we’ve just met. I’m only 16.’ But we went on a few dates for about two years. Because I was from Armagh and he was in Warrenpoint, it was quite a bit of distance.
“Then when I went to university, our student accommodation was right beside each other in Belfast and that’s when we started properly going out with each other, in 2016.
” While both are delighted with the reaction and positive responses to their viral engagement video — one which they will always be able to treasure — Annalivia noted that she turned the camera off as soon as she saw the ring as she wanted to “be in the moment”.