I would never have let him off the hook by proposing

Zella had a fantastic day at Titchfield Haven and wonders what other local gems she's overlooked      Picture: Gary Taw

ZELLA COMPTON: Looking afresh at our beautiful spot in the world

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Wow, what a week it’s been! I’m not sure what I was more blown away by – getting to do some TV filming in LA during Oscars weekend, or the two-page spread about my trip and meeting the stars that appeared in The News on Tuesday.

Either way, it was good for the old ego. It’s rather nice to be the centre of attention for once, as most of my time is spent dealing with celebrities who only want to talk about one thing: themselves.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past week and for the numerous calls and texts I received from people who read the feature. I can’t tell you how grateful I am.

Now, before this turns into something reminiscent of an Oscar acceptance speech and I start thanking my mum and dad for being my rock over the years and for bringing me up right (how long was I in LA?), I’ll move on…

Oscars aside, the past week has been jam-packed with celebrity news and gossip in its varying forms.

Quite often I can predict what might happen in this la la world. After all, I do specialise in the fields of showbiz and celebrity.

But I was rather shocked when I found out on TV that Loose Women star and ex-The Bill actress Lisa Maxwell had taken the leap of faith and, because it was February 29, had got down on one knee and proposed to her long-term partner, Paul Jessup.

I don’t really know why I was so surprised – the pair have been together for years and years. But I think that might have something to do with my reaction.

I’ve been with my Matt 12 years now and he finally proposed after 10 (you can do less time for serious crime you know!).

But after waiting so long, there wasn’t a hope in hell that I’d let him off the hook and propose myself. No way!

The way I figured it, I’d put in the time and it was down to him (I’m a traditionalist at heart).

I guess I just think Lisa’s partner should have manned up and given her the opportunity to be proposed to and have her ‘moment’. She said she’d given him enough hints!

Either way, big congrats to you Lisa – you’re a braver lass than I!