Petra Ecclestone has announced that she's engaged to her new beau Sam Palmer, one year after the lovebirds embarked on their romance. The 30-year-old
Petra Ecclestone has announced that she’s engaged to her new beau Sam Palmer, one year after the lovebirds embarked on their romance.
The 30-year-old Formula One heiress’ good news comes some 14 months after her acrimonious divorce from James Stunt, with whom she shares three children.
In an exclusive statement to MailOnline, a representative for the blonde beauty said: ‘Petra Ecclestone and Sam Palmer are delighted to announce their engagement and look forward to spending 2019 together.’
Happy news: Petra Ecclestone has announced that she’s engaged to her new beau Sam Palmer, one year after the lovebirds embarked on their romance. Pictured in March
On Monday afternoon, Sam shared a shot of himself and Petra on Instagram, adding the caption: ‘A personal thank you to everyone that made opening Maddox Gallery Los Angeles possible.
‘I hope everyone had as an amazing year as us and that 2019 brings lots of love,health and happiness to all.
‘My personal highlights have been opening the gallery in LA with the woman I love and her agreeing to marry me… Here is to a fantastic 2019.’
So in love: On Monday, Sam shared a shot of himself and Petra on Instagram, adding that his highlights of the year include a gallery ‘with the woman I love and her agreeing to marry me’
Congratulations: On Sunday night, Petra’s brother-in-law Jay Rutland took to his Instagram account to dedicate a message to the couple, along with a snap of a man’s tattooed inner lip
Petra’s brother-in-law Jay Rutland, 37, set tongues wagging about the status of her romance late Sunday night, when he dedicated a cryptic congratulatory post to the lovebirds on his Instagram account.
Jay, who is married to Petra’s sister Tamara, 34, shared a shot of a man’s inner lip tattooed with the name ‘Rutland’, alongside the caption: ‘Congratulations @petraecclestone & @sam_maddoxgalleryla – I can see what attracted you to him…’
Formula One heiress Petra and Sam, who serves as a director at Jay’s Maddox art gallery in West Hollywood, stayed mum on the matter on social media.
Family first: Jay Rutland and his wife Tamara Ecclestone have taken their four-year-old daughter Sophia to celebrate the Yuletide seasons in California with Petra
Petra and James’ divorce was finalised in October 2017, after six years of marriage. The exes share daughter Lavinia, five, and twin sons, Andrew and James, three.
While no details of the settlement were released, it was reported that James signed a £16million prenuptial agreement, with Petra also awarded sole custody of the couple’s three children in January.
Fiercely private Petra has since been photographed in the past with her new man, a vintage car dealer who is friends with her sister Tamara’s husband, Jay.
She recently told Mail On Sunday’s YOU magazine of her relationship: ‘It’s very early-on dating. The whole thing is quite strange because my life didn’t pan out the way I expected it to.
Drama: Petra has been dating her beau Sam since late last year, after she and ex-husband James Stunt finally reached a divorce settlement in October 2017. Pictured in January 2018
‘I thought I wasn’t the type who believed in divorce. I go to church and I got married thinking I would be with that person for the rest of my life. But things happen for a reason and, whatever that reason is, I’ve now got my three kids.’
She also told the publication that the most romantic thing she has ever done for her new boyfriend is to commission a piece by the street artist Mr Brainwash as a Christmas present.
The mother-of-three relocated to Los Angeles and moved into a 57,000ft Bel Air mansion, which is believed to have cost £148 million.
Petra admitted that the grand abode is her most extravagant purchase, saying: ‘My house in LA. It’s really cool, but I want to sell it and move somewhere smaller.’
Glamorous life: The mother-of-three relocated to Los Angeles and moved into a 57,000ft Bel Air mansion, which is believed to have cost £148 million
She added: ‘I have a house with 14 bedrooms, a bowling alley and a hair and nail salon. I also have a home in Chelsea and come to London about every three months.
‘We have seven dogs, including a St Bernard called Beethoven who’s as big as a horse. I’m allergic to cats.’
Petra previously spoke about how she relocated her family to Los Angeles as she no longer felt safe at her luxury London home.
Talking about her biggest fears during the interview, she said: ‘I worry about the world my children are growing up in, which is becoming more evil daily.’
She recently revealed that she would be spending the Yuletide season in the US with her mother, Slavica Ecclestone, Tamara and Jay, and their daughter Sophia, four.
Relocation: Petra previously spoke about how she relocated her family to Los Angeles as she no longer felt safe at her luxury London home