Karl Stefanovic has finally confirmed he’s engaged to Jasmine Yarbrough after a whirlwind romance, and has even teased their upcoming wedding plans.
The Today host first sparked rumours he’s set to tie the knot with girlfriend of 18 months, model and shoe designer Yarbrough, when the pair attended Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s 20th anniversary party at Barangaroo in Sydney – where Yarbrough flashed a whopping sparkling diamond ring on her engagement finger, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Now he has spoken out about his happiness, just days after his ex wife Cassandra Thorburn, 46, insisted it “doesn’t register” with her.
Speaking to Nine’s The Fix, Stefanovic said: “When Jasmine came into my life, I had no thoughts of new love or the future, but we are happy and grateful we found each other.” He added: “We are yet to work out when we will get married, but probably later this year. We are both very happy.”
Despite recent claims Yarbrough could be expecting a baby, Stefanovic slammed the rumours insisting she’s not pregnant, before confirming her engagement ring was made by Nic Cerrone, and did not cost the rumoured $120,000.
It comes days after his ex wife Thorburn told Fairfax Media: “His engagement doesn’t register with me on any level.”
However, appearing to make a slight dig at her ex shortly after, she added: “I am just focused on helping those affected by the ever-changing landscape of my ex-husband’s life, to navigate it.”
Stefanovic, 43, and Yarbrough, 34, have been dating since December 2016, following the Today Show host’s split from his wife. They met on a Sydney party boat and have been inseparable ever since.
Last year he told the Page 13 he had “failures” as a husband and father and that he hoped to make up for it in future. He said the hardest part of the separation was how his three children had to suffer through the public fallout.
“For me personally I would definitely have failures in a husband sense and hope that I can rectify my failures as a Dad,” he said at the time. “I hope I can try and rebuild whatever has happened in the past and try and make the most of what I can do with them in the future.”
While Stefanovic called for privacy after announcing his separation, Thorburn took to social media weeks later to vent her frustrations after the Today Show announced it had finally beaten Sunrise to claim the number one breakfast show in the country.
The celebrations didn’t sit well with Thorburn, who reportedly sacrificed her own career in journalism so her husband could focus on his.
“Apparently Today Show finally won a year. This took a huge toll on my family and I, and I’m congratulating myself today for all the effort that went into making that [ratings] happen,” Thorburn wrote in a public post on Facebook. “I’m giving myself a pat on the back tonight, as I know many people will also know how much effort I put into it.”