Jana Duggar's 'ex' Lawson Bates is engaged to actress Tiffany Espensen after romantic proposal on Italian getaway

JANA Duggar's "ex" Lawson Bates is engaged to actress Tiffany Espensen.

The Bringing Up Bates star proposed during a romantic Italian getaway.

Lawson told People of his fiancée: "Getting to know Tiffany — her heart, her passions, and her dreams — has been the greatest joy of my life, and we have been making so many wonderful memories together over the past year."

He popped the question in Italy which was meant to be a work trip for the music video for their duet, "Crazy Love."

Lawson shared: "It has been a roller coaster of a few days so far, from our first stop at the Colosseum in Rome, to a Vespa ride through the Siena countryside, to a lovely evening dinner in San Gimignano, to a horse and carriage ride through Florence — all leading up to the main reason I'm here: asking Tiffany if she would spend the rest of her life by my side."

Tiffany said of the surprise proposal: "I knew something was suspicious when Lawson became awfully secretive with texts and planning with others.

"However, he still blew me away with this surprise! To travel to Italy for any occasion is a dream, but especially for an engagement." 

He proposed at the Tenta Larnianone estate in Siena sharing: "Our engagement happened right at sunset with just a few simple roses, and the serenity of the Tuscan backdrop. I was thrilled and overjoyed when she said, 'YES!'

"We are so grateful God brought us both into each other's lives, and now we are overjoyed and excited to start preparing for our wedding and our future together."

Tiffany added: "This country is so gorgeous, and I have no words for how excited I am to share a life with Lawson.

"I am so grateful for how much effort he put into this engagement, from the ring to the beautiful setting and all of the coordinated details. This will always be a wonderful memory that Lawson and I will share forever.

"Most importantly, we thank God that He brought us together, and we look forward to sharing a life together in marriage!"

It was previously believed Jana Duggar and Lawson dated last year.

In February Lawson debuted his then-new girlfriend, Tiffany Espensen, on Instagram.

He shared a sweet snap showing Tiffany cuddled up to him.

The Bringing Up Bates star captioned the photo: "Is it the 14586 feet, or something else that’s taking my breath away."

Jana's fans recently speculated she has split from her pilot "boyfriend" Stephen Wissman.

Counting On viewers shared their theories after Stephen was spotted dancing at a party without her at the weekend.

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