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Kate Upton Is Engaged to Justin Verlander, Shows Off Huge Ring at Met Gala

The Detroit Tiger popped the question just before the season started

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Kate Upton arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York.

It's official: Kate Upton is off the market.

The model-actress is engaged to longtime boyfriend Justin Verlander, E! News can exclusively confirm. The 23-year-old bride-to-be debuted her stunning engagement ring, designed by her fiance, on the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala.

"I'm really excited, he asked me right before [the] season started so we've been keeping it on the down low for quite a while," she told E! News. "So I'm excited to finally be able to share it with the world!"

Upton and Verlander aren't in any huge rush to say "I do." For now, "we are enjoying the engagement period," she said.

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Upton and Verlander, 33, dated for over three years prior to their engagement. As Upton joked to E! News back in March, three years as a couple "seems like forever in Hollywood, right?"

So what's their secret? "For us, we always try and work on our communication," she said. "We're very open with one another and we're each others best friends. He's definitely my best friend, so I think that helps a lot."

Verlander, a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, told Forbes magazine he and Upton have a "normal relationship."

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"Kate's there a lot for me," he said. "And we're just normal people. You know, a normal relationship--believe it or not."

The down-to-earth duo also have a lot in common, including their love of animals. "Justin is definitely an animal lover but he is definitely holding me back from my 10 dogs," Upton told E! News. "He is putting a three-dog limit on it."

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