TikToker’s proposal goes viral with over 20m views

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TikToker's proposal goes viral with over 20m views

NI couple’s engagement video goes viral on TikTok with almost 20 million views

An Armagh mum whose recent engagement video has gone viral with almost 20m views said she “wasn’t expecting” her partner to propose at all.

Annalivia Hynds (24) was on holiday in Spain with her partner, Ruairi McGivern (26), last month when he decided to pop the question, which was being recorded on her TikTok account.

At the time of writing, the clip has been viewed 17.8m times and has received 2.8m ‘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 kids, so it happened – I just didn’t know when.

He added that the couple got some “hate” under their short TikTok clip, but said, “It’s coming out on social media and putting it out there.”

Annalivia now has more than 60,000 followers on TikTok and nearly 22,000 on her Instagram profile.

The former makeup artist and marketing assistant noted that she’s been “working hard on TikTok.”

With her growing fan base and posts, she recently quit her marketing job to fully focus on producing paid content while also pursuing her beauty career.

“I think I got about 30,000 followers after this video, so this video was huge,” he continued. Born in Warrenpoint, Ruairi received the engagement ring three days before falling to his knees. He wanted to make a proposal in the Spanish town of Cambrils while they were on a family trip.

“However, he’s the kind of guy who never carries a bag, so he couldn’t get the ring out of the apartment without me seeing a bag and probably questioning him,” Annalivia said with a laugh.

“I was still doing TikToks in the garden of the apartment and he asked me if he could have one, and then he did.”

The couple have two daughters, two-year-old Robyn and seven-month-old Rhea, and they plan to wait three or four years before getting married when their daughters are older.

“We’re stuck between a foreign wedding and a home wedding, so we’re not sure,” Annalivia added.

The pair met in 2014 in the Belmont nightclub in Banbridge and although Annalivia said her friends had actually been dating Ruairi’s friends, they had yet to cross paths.

“That first night we met, he was trying to chat me up, saying he wanted to be my boyfriend, 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”.

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