Derek Hough exclusively released a statement while promoting his Las Vegas residency, Derek Hough: No Limit last June 6.
“I think that word now feels right to the way I feel and to my commitment to her and our love and story and life together.… Hayley is The One,” the dancer told US Weekly.
“I know she’s just going to be an amazing mother and amazing wife and she’s so thoughtful, so caring, so loving. Just seeing the way she is with our animals, I mean if she’s even a quarter of the way she is with our animals how she is with our kids I just can’t wait to see her be a mom,” Hough added.
The dancer proposed at their home after spending the day seeing Yosemite.
“We travel around the world and do all these amazing adventures, we love all that, but what we love even more is coming back home and being in our place together,” Hough said.
Hough, admitted to the media that the whole night went as planned, although it has since become a blur.
“I don’t think I remember anything I said. I think we just hugged and cried for 20 minutes without words,” he said.
Troy Williams, the event planner revealed that his team transformed the pair’s house into a space filled with over 250 candles and 1,600 roses.
The dancer said that he thought of proposing during an event where he introduced Erbert as his girlfriend.
“I remember stopping and just feeling like that felt so wrong and that felt like a small word to use for the strength of our relationship,” he explained.
“I knew sort of in that moment I was like, ‘She’s not my girlfriend anymore, we’re so much more than that.’ Ever since then I’ve just been planning and thinking about when and how and figuring out how to propose,” Hough said, explaining why he proposed.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the most special place for us is our home. This is where we built our relationship, this is where we quarantined for two years and spent every single day together and through all that, we became closer and more in love and stronger,” the dancer said, explaining the proposal’s location.
“I had her gone all day on this helicopter ride to Yosemite which is one of our very special places. At the end of the day, she was pretty tired and kind of ready to go home and just eat some dinner and relax. When we pulled up, she saw a little bit of candlelight in the window. Her initial reaction was, ‘Babe you’re going to burn the house down, did you leave the candles burning?’” Hough recalled his fiancée’s reaction.