MotoGP Miguel Olivieira is engaged to his step-sister, who he has known since they were both 13, his father has revealed.
The couple have known each other since they were 13 years old and had a secret relationship for 11 years before announcing their relationship in 2019.
Miguel Oliveira, who recently won his first MotoGP race, was forced to delay his wedding to step-sister Andrea Pimenta due to the season schedule being changed because of coronavirus
Oliveira, 25, claimed his first ever MotoGP race win in dramatic circumstances with a last bend overtake at the Styrian Grand Prix last month.
The biggest win of his career so far made amends for the rising star being forced to postpone his wedding to Andreia Pimenta due to the rearranged season.
According to Marca, Oliveira met Pimenta as a teenager when his father married her mother.
The pair became step-siblings but soon connected and kept their blossoming romance secret for a number of years.
After going public years later, Oliveira proposed last July and their engagement was announced on Instagram.
Pimenta posted: “Today was marked forever in my life. The answer was YES.”
Portuguese star Oliveira has discussed their romance and marriage plans on TV in his home country.
“Before love there was a great friendship. We grew up together,” he recently told Manuel Luís Goucha on Portuguese TV.
“At some point we realised that it was more than a friendship, it is a very strong love.
“We were going to get married this year, but that weekend I had a race and we had to postpone it to next year.”
The rider, who made history by winning his first Portuguese MotoGP victory last weekend.
The news of the couple’s nuptials comes around a week after Olivieira won the MotoGP prize at the Styria Grand Prix for the first time in the history of Portuguese motorcycling.
After the race, he said: ‘Just screaming and pure joy to have done it finally.
‘I saw this coming already quite a few races ago.
‘I felt we had the potential to do it, so finally to be able to do it is a huge boost to be able to continue like this.’