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A grade-school suitor named Tommy and his sweetheart, Millie, became social media stars this week when the video recounting their playground proposal — and remarkable engagement ring — went viral.
While the idea of a little boy proposing to his crush is adorable, Tommy's choice of ring is what made him an Internet star. You see, instead of surprising Millie with a candy Ring Pop or Haribo Jelly Ring, young Tommy proposed with a very real engagement ring he stole from his mom.
Millie's dad recounts the story in a 54-second Facebook video that has been viewed 24 million times, and counting.
The video opens with the dad announcing that Millie has been proposed to at school.
"Who proposed to you, Millie?" he coyly asks, as a woman (presumably Millie's mom) laughs uncontrollably in the background.
At this point we see Millie for the the first time. The teeny blonde, who looks like she might be in first grade, reveals in a cute British accent that her suitor is classmate Tommy.
Millie's dad explains that he and his wife were expecting to see a candy ring. In the UK, kids like to exchange Haribo rings, which are ring-shaped gummy candies.
The dad then asks Millie to get the ring that Tommy used for his proposal. A few seconds later, Millie hands it to her dad and we see that it's not a candy ring at all.
It's, in fact, a very impressive three-stone engagement ring set in platinum or white gold.
The dad shows the ring to the camera and reports that Tommy has stolen his mother's engagement ring. The woman out of view can't stop laughing.
"Three enormous diamonds... and [he] proposed to Millie," says the dad.
The video concludes with the dad inviting Tommy to introduce himself to the Facebook viewers.
"Go on then, Tommy," says Millie's dad.
"Bye, bye," says Tommy as he peeks into the frame with a quick wave and a wry smile.
The video that was posted to TheLADbible Facebook page on Wednesday has already been viewed more than 24 million times. It has been shared 247,000 times on Facebook and the story has been picked up by high-profile websites, such as The Daily Mail and Mashable.
Please check out the video at this link.