Sunrise host Sam Armytage is engaged

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Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has announced on Instagram she is engaged to Richard Lavender by showcasing her sparkling diamond ring.

Armytage, 43, shared the news on her private Instagram to her 230,000 followers on Sunday.

“What a year,” she wrote in the caption, along with two photos of her and Mr Lavender smiling for the camera with their arms wrapped around each other.

Many colleagues from Channel Seven offered their congratulations to the newly-engaged couple.

“Well, this is hands down the best thing to happen this year,” Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew commented on the post.

Pictured is a split photo of Sunrise host Samantha Armytage showing off her ring after engagement to Richard Lavender.
Sunrise host Sam Armytage and her partner, Richard Lavender, have announced their engagement on Instagram. Source: Instagram/sam_armytage

Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac also offered his congratulations.

“Sam!!! Richard!!! Well bloody done,” he wrote alongside the clapping emoji.

“So great to hear some happy news!”

Mac tipped Armytage’s three-year-old Labrador Banjo to be ring bearer at the wedding.

Armytage confirmed her relationship with Mr Lavender last year, although the pair had met at a friend’s party in 2018.

She told Who Magazine her businessman fiancé was a “very honest man”, but his eyes were the first thing she saw and added the pair had quite a bit in common.

“We both enjoy horses, skiing, architecture, art ... that’s really important to have a lot in common. And so far, so good,” she said.

Pictured is Sunrise host Samantha Armytage wearing a red gown at an awards night.
Samantha Armytage has faced backlash after a 2018 Sunrise segment resurfaced. Source: Getty Images

Last year, Armytage and her 61-year-old beau were spotted picking out jewellery at Jan Logan’s Double Bay store in Sydney, which fuelled engagement rumours last September.

The happy news comes days after the Sunrise host revealed she has been receiving death threats, after a March 2018 segment on the popular breakfast show about the Stolen Generation emerged amid global anti-racism protests.

Armytage and commentator Prue MacSween are facing a racial vilification lawsuit over a controversial segment on indigenous adoption aired by the Seven Network.

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