Van Barneveld reveals news of his engagement to partner Julia

Raymond van Barneveld has revealed news of his engagement to partner Julia Evans, after proposing during a weekend trip to Paris.

The five-time world champion confirmed the news on social media on Tuesday, tweeting: ‘SHE SAID YES! I asked Julia to marry me in Paris this weekend and she said yes. I’m over the moon, I love you so much!’

Van Barneveld and Julia began dating in April 2019, and the Dutchman credited her influence for his decision to emerge out of retirement in 2021.

The Dutch legend teased the announcement with a cryptic social media post on Monday evening, which read: ‘Something happened this weekend…We have some very exciting news, can you guess what it is?’

The 54-year-old, who shared pictures of the pair by the Eiffel Tower, will return to competitive action at the UK Open next month, having lifted the title in 2006 and 2007.

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