July 17, 2011 16:46:54 GMT
Alfonso Valiente confirmed in an interview that his daughter is engaged to marry the race driver but Lewis' rep denied the story.
It is now confirmed by a family member that Nicole Scherzinger is engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Lewis Hamilton. "You know about the proposal? Yes they are engaged," Nicole's dad Alfonso Valiente said. "My future son-in-law is a really nice guy, really down-to-earth. My family all like him. The good spirit is there."
Lewis, an F1 racer, first met Alfonso last summer when the couple had a vacation in Nicole's hometown of Oahu, Hawaii. "When he walked into the house for the first time he picked up one of the babies," Alfonso recalled. "That went down very well. He is sincere and he and my daughter seem genuinely happy together. Lewis is a really good guy. When they came to visit, we hired them a Jeep because he had never driven one before."
The couple started dating after meeting at the 2007 European Music Awards. When asked about the 7 years age gap between Nicole, 33, and Lewis, 26, Alfonso said, "You have to ask her about that. 'I have always seen them as a match. I don't think age matters when you have energy and a connection like they do."
Lewis' spokesman Simon Olivera denied the engagement when The Mail on Sunday went to the press with the story. Moreover, Alfonso seemed to be careful of his next statement about the couple's status, saying "Listen, I don't want to be the one to say that. I think you need to hear it from them. I don't want to be seen to say anything that might be wrong. I don't want to get in trouble."