The 20-year-old actor posted a picture of himself passionately locking lips with his long-term boyfriend named Charles. The caption read ‘So, it’s happened’ and included an emoji of a ring, which allowed to make a conclusion that the two have changed their relationship status from boyfriends into fiancés. And Charles was the one who dispelled all the doubts posting pictures from Sri-Lanka where the two were having a rest. Charles wrote in the caption that his partner of 6 years said ‘yes’ and at the moment they were having a huge engagement party. Fellow Hollyoaks stars Tamara Wall and Duncan James were among the first to congratulate the newly-engaged couple. Some fans were upset and jealous, some, mostly female, were disappointed that Essex was gay, though he had never hidden it. But the majority were delighted and happy.