Bride and Prejudice fans are currently wondering whether cougar Phillipa Bennett will walk down the aisle with her toy boy lover Ry McLean at the end of the season.
But it appears that the pair may have already tied the knot, with Phillipa sporting a large diamond ring on her finger during a loved-up trip with Ry to a water park on the Gold Coast this week.
The 39-year-old flashed the diamond sparkler as she smooched her 21-year-old boyfriend by the water.
Tied the knot already? Bride and Prejudice’s Phillipa and Ry sparked speculation that they may already be married after Phillipa was spotted wearing a diamond ring this week
Sharing a 18-year age gap with Ry, Philippa is certainly no stranger to the label ‘cougar’.
But while the mother-of-two claims the word ‘hurt at the start’, she’s now hitting back at her harsh critics, claiming ‘they’re probably just jealous’ of her enduring romance.
In an interview with Daily Mail Australia last week, Philippa discussed her love for fiancé Ry and firmly stated: ‘This is what we’re doing, take it or leave it!’
The bling ring! The 39-year-old flashed the diamond sparkler as she smooched her 21-year-old boyfriend by the water
The pair met three years ago, and now live together in Queensland with Philippa’s two children, aged seven and 10, from a former marriage.
‘I’ve got the old elbow in the side saying “how’s the young stallion going?”, which I find pretty funny… and I’ve had “cougar” chucked at me,’ Philippa said of how people react to her relationship to Ry.
‘Let’s be honest, they’re probably just jealous!’ she laughed, joking that she has a leopard-print jacket she wears from time-to-time.
Age gap: The couple’s relationship has come under fire on Bride and Prejudice due to their 18-year age gap
The reality star said the term ‘cougar’ has been used in a negative way in the past to insinuate she wasn’t genuine or ‘after something serious’ with Ry, which has led to the couple second-guessing their compatibility and worth.
However, Philippa added: ‘But when we sit down and really look at everything, we can’t deny our feeling for each other… we are definitely soul mates!’
Despite an age gap close to two decades, Phillipa insisted: ‘It hasn’t changed anything. Ry is super mature for his age, he’s very beautiful, very caring, very emotionally mature. Everyone who knows us thinks we are perfect for each other.’
‘Let’s be honest, they’re probably just jealous!’ Phillipa told Daily Mail Australia, joking that she has a leopard-print jacket she wears from time-to-time.