Jill Martin enagaged to ex-fiance Erik Brooks after split, says 'we needed a pause'
Talking about ex-fiance, Eric Brooks, Jill Martin said, 'It literally takes my breath away to picture my life without him'
Jill Martin of “Today” is engaged again with her ex-fiance, Eric Brooks. In an exclusive reveal in “Today”, she spoke about their engagement and also mentioned that they are now preparing for a wedding on Harbor Island in the Bahamas.
During the pandemic last year, both couples broke their relationship to work through their long-distance relationship. In an exclusive essay of “Today”, Jill wrote, “I decided to call. It had been 18 months since I had given the ring back. It had been 18 months since we had spoken. During those months, I was never even tempted to reach out — the thought was just too painful. But then one day, I built up the courage — chutzpah, as my Grammy would say — and I called at 2 p.m. on a Thursday. He picked up.”
She also added, “Deciding to end our engagement last year was heart-wrenching. I used to say, It literally takes my breath away to picture my life without him. But our relationship couldn’t stay the way it was. We needed a pause. A long pause. And we took it.”
Jill also emphasized that she loves the way Brooks loves her. She said, “I am the best version of myself when we are together, I feel confident, smart and happy. We laugh all the time. While we still fight sometimes, we limit the drama. Misunderstandings that used to last for a weekend now last minutes.”
Jill first proposed to Eric in the Hamptons in May 2019. While recollecting the day they first became engaged with each other Jill wrote, “Our first engagement was extravagant and over the top: flowers, a tent, pictures, our families, cameras, lights … very dramatic and grand. This time around it was different. It was beautiful, but it was different. We were on a small fishing boat in the Bahamas."
She further added, “It was just the two of us and, lucky for us, a couple on another nearby boat told us afterwards that they took a picture of us while Erik was proposing. Thank goodness they happened to be in that spot in the middle of the ocean — the snapshot later took my breath away. Erik simply said, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of forever with you.” And we were engaged. Again.”
At the end of her essay, she concluded with the note that, “Everyone’s journey is different. It took me 45 years to find my fairy tale. When I realized I was confident on my own, that’s when I knew Erik and I were ready to get back together. The realistic version of my fairy tale was ready to be written.”