Fern McCannFormer jailer Arthur Collins found love with an Essex mum while in prison and the pair are engaged to be married, MailOnline can reveal.

Arthur, 29, who is currently serving a 20-year sentence after being found guilty of a brutal acid attack in 2017, popped the question on Sunday – a week after Fern, 31, announced she was coming out married to a boyfriend of six months, Lori Haynes.

Businesswoman Annie Jane, 33, confirmed the couple’s engagement on Instagram, telling friends and family ‘I said yes’ as she shared a tattoo of Arthur’s name on her stomach.

‘They’re soul mates’: Fern McCann’s ex-jailer Arthur Collins found love with Essex mum while in prison and the pair are engaged to be married, MailOnline can reveal

A source close to Annie told MailOnline: ‘Arthur and Annie met before his prison sentence through mutual friends.

“They plan to get married while he is still behind bars, later this year after dating for the past six months.

“Annie knows about Arthur’s past, but is ready to devote herself to him and even get a tattoo of his name to prove her love.

“They have a lot in common; Annie also has a young daughter and believes the pair are connected on a spiritual level.

'Happily ever': Arthur popped the question on Sunday - a week after his TOWIE ex Ferna announced she was marrying boyfriend of six months Laurie Haynes

‘Happily ever’: Arthur popped the question on Sunday – a week after his TOWIE ex Ferna announced she was marrying boyfriend of six months Laurie Haynes

Settle down: Businesswoman Annie Jane confirmed the couple's engagement on Instagram, telling friends and family

Settle down: Businesswoman Annie Jane confirmed the couple’s engagement on Instagram, telling friends and family ‘I do’ along with a diamond ring emoji

“They fell in love after writing to each other and talking while visiting the prison, and Annie believes that Arthur is truly sorry for everything that happened.

“Annie has done a lot to rehabilitate Arthur, she feels they are soul mates and they look forward to a future together and one day a married life.”

Arthur, who has a four-year-old daughter with former TOWIE star Ferne, was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance into a crowd on the dance floor at Mangle E8 nightclub in what Jude Noel Lucas said was a ‘despicable act’ .

Sixteen people received chemical burns, three were temporarily blinded.

In court, Judge Noel described it as a “deliberate and calculated attack” when sentencing Arthur in December 2017.

Arthur is currently locked up at Category A HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Commitment: Annie shared a tattoo of Arthur's name inked on her stomach on Sunday as friends and family congratulated her on her engagement

Commitment: Annie shared a tattoo of Arthur’s name inked on her stomach on Sunday as friends and family congratulated her on her engagement

'I'll love you forever': A source close to Annie told MailOnline the pair have a lot in common after connecting on a 'spiritual' level

‘I’ll love you forever’: A source close to Annie told MailOnline the pair have a lot in common after connecting on a ‘spiritual’ level

In January, it was reported that Arthur was in a relationship with former Take Me Out contestant Gemma Elliott.

Sources told The Sun the pair were “officially a couple” after Gemma shared photos of herself posing in red pajamas emblazoned with the name ‘Arthur’, which were tagged on his Instagram profile.

Fern Laurie’s boyfriend popped the question earlier this month in France.

The ITVBe star shared a picture of the pair kissing while showing off their engagement ring alongside the caption: ‘Such a happily ever after exists.’

“I can’t wait to stay with you baby.”

Taking to Instagram, Fern, whose camera crew for her TV show First Time Mum captured the romantic moment, explained: ‘It feels so surreal to call Laurie my fiance.

“I can’t wait to relive that moment where I laughed so hard and cried at the same time. Thank you Laurie for making me so happy.’

In February, Ferna Laurie’s fiance was caught on video sniffing a white powder.

He danced to the music topless, holding two small transparent bags in his hands.

Laurie claimed he had not taken drugs and was “joking”.

The clip comes a month after Ferna went public with Laurie, who is a Dubai real estate agent.

In love: The source explained that Annie has been helping Arthur throughout his rehab and is looking forward to them becoming a normal family.

In love: The source explained that Annie has been helping Arthur throughout his rehab and is looking forward to them becoming a normal family.

'I can't wait to be with you forever': Ferna and Dubai estate agent Laurie got engaged earlier this month after a whirlwind six-month romance

‘I can’t wait to be with you forever’: Ferna and Dubai estate agent Laurie got engaged earlier this month after a whirlwind six-month romance

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