Mark Ballas, BC Jean

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UPDATE: Mark Ballas confirmed his engagement on Instagram, alongside a sweet pic. Read his message below.


This may have been the best kept secret on the ballroom.

Dancing With the Stars pro Mark Ballas has confirmed he is engaged to longtime girlfriend BC Jean (aka Brittany Jean Carlson).

"Guess the cats out the bag," he wrote on Instagram Friday afternoon alongside a sweet pic of the two. "We kept it on the quiet for a while as we just wanted to soak it in over the holidays, but we are excited to share the news with you all now."

"I honestly can't believe we kept it quiet for this long," he continued. "Knowing that I am going to spend the rest of my days with BC gives me more comfort than any thing else ever could, she is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I can't wait for our life ahead."

Ballas said he "can't wait to listen to Nirvana, Janis Joplin & Coldplay together when we are old and grey. You are my world, my rock & my queen of hearts. I love you #BCBallas."

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According to Us, who first broke the news, Mark popped the all-important question the day before Thanksgiving. Much like his songwriting fiancé, the proposal was also music-inspired. 

"The day before the proposal, I had the house literally turned into Woodstock," Mark told Access Hollywood. He added that he decorated their home with "posters of all her favorite bands everywhere."

"I've been on stages my whole life, and when she walked in the room I was like, 'Whoa, here we go,'" he continued. "So we kind of just held each other for a minute, and then I did the drop, I popped the question, she said yes."

Mark Ballas, BC Jean

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Perhaps we should have seen this engagement coming after Mark posted more than a few thoughtful messages on Instagram in recent weeks.

Just before ringing in 2016, the 29-year-old expressed how grateful he was to have his leading lady by his side.

"2015 has been a beautiful year for many reasons but being by your side through everything no matter how hard or easy things get means more to me than anything," he wrote online. "Taking my creativity to the next level with you has been simply incredible & something I have needed more than I can even explain."

He continued, "I love you more & more every day that passes by. You are my Rock & my Queen @BCJean."

Mark isn't the only Dancing With the Stars pro making news in the romance department. Just last month, Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy got engaged after performing in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy.

And just a few weeks ago, Witney Carson said "I Do" to high school sweetheart Carson McAllister in front of family, friends and co-stars. Safe to say love is in the air for the DWTS family!

(Originally published Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at 8:39 a.m. PDT.)

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