Ruth now has a ring on her finger

Liam Payne‘s loved ones are ecstatic after his older sister Ruth got engaged at the weekend.

It emerged on Sunday that Ruth‘s boyfriend Thomas Gibbins had popped the question during a family trip to Milan, where Liam, 20, was playing with One Direction.

‘Milan was pretty special…,’ wrote Thomas, 22, on Instagram before posting a sweet snap of Ruth, 23, showing off her ring while cuddling up to him.

Liam‘s eldest sister Nicola, 26, captioned a photo of Milan Cathedral: ‘this place will always remain special in our hearts congrats @roo0990 & @gibbo1604 xxx.’

Excited Directioners were soon flooding Ruth with congratulatory messages, which she responded to by quipping that bearded Liam is unlikely to shave for her nuptials.

‘Thanks for all the well wishes everyone xxxx,’ Tweeted Ruth.

‘Also the tweets about liam being clean shaven in a suit whenever i get married are making me laugh #heloveshisbeardtoomuch haha.’

Liam has yet to comment on Ruth‘s exciting news but did please 1D fans yesterday when he posted a sexy Instagram snap of himself lazing around in bed.

‘Just woke up … Stillllll cute though ahaa,’ Liam jokingly captioned the shot, referencing a viral YouTube video.

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Anna Duff