After a year of a well-publicized and photogenic relationship, the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, and the Israeli model, Mishel Grezig, are engaged.
The exciting news came today (Saturday) after Courtois, 30, bended knee to propose to his Israeli model, Gretzig, 24, on a romantic holiday.
Gerzig explains in an interview with the Israeli publication La’isha how it began on Instagram.
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“Thibaut observed a photograph of me with my dog, Milo. He reacted to my photograph with the word “adorable.” I immediately recognized him due to my passion for football. I replied, “thank you,” and we began communicating.
“He began to ask me questions about Israel and the military. In April, I had many positions in Madrid, and we then met for the first time in person. We reconnected in early July. That is when our connection got passionate,” Gerzig explains.
From a prior relationship, Courtois has two small children.
Due to the model’s Israeli citizenship, not all of the comments were good when Courtois posted a photo of himself with Gerzig with the description “the love of my life” on Instagram. Some users called for “free Palestine.”
Gerzig says that she and Courtois perform the traditional Kiddush blessing over wine and sanctification of the day before Shabbat each week.