Marnie Simpson was ‘shocked’ after fiancé Casey Johnson proposed when she was ‘at her worst’ both ‘mentally and physically.’
The Geordie Shore star, 28, who got engaged to Casey in August, said she couldn’t believe the former X Factor singer, 25, wanted to marry her after she spent months suffering from a painful bladder condition.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Marnie described the moment Casey popped the question as ‘really emotional’ after he professed to love her ‘unconditionally.’
‘I was in such a bad way’: Marnie Simpson was ‘shocked’ after fiancé Casey Johnson proposed when she was ‘at her worst’ both ‘mentally and physically’
Speaking about her engagement, Marnie said: ‘It was a really emotional moment because I think there were times this last year that I just couldn’t even believe Casey was staying with me.
‘I was in such a bad way mentally, emotionally and physically; I couldn’t believe he even wanted to be with me. I was in such a bad way.
‘When he asked me to marry him I was honestly shocked because I thought “you’re asking me to marry you when I’m literally at my worst?”
‘For him to ask me to marry him at that point I thought “what? You’re asking me to marry you when I’m this ill?” It completely shocked me. He said he loved me unconditionally and it was just a real special moment.’
‘You’re asking me to marry you when I’m this ill?’: The Geordie Shore star said she couldn’t believe Casey wanted to marry her after she spent months suffering from a bladder condition
‘He said he loved me’: In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Marnie said the moment Casey proposed was ‘really emotional’ after he professed to love her ‘unconditionally’
The reality couple, who share son Rox, one, are yet to set a date for their big day and hope to start planning once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided – but Marnie already knows she’s not looking to have an ‘extravagant’ wedding.
She said: ‘We haven’t set a date yet. All I know is I want a small wedding on a beach in Santorini and for it to be really, really chilled, bare foot I don’t want a big, extravagant wedding.
‘I feel like I have shown an awful lot so maybe my wedding will be the one thing I keep private.’
Marnie underwent surgery 10 days ago after being diagnosed with a condition called Trigonitis, which is an inflammation of the trigone region of the bladder.
The illness, which is more common in women, can cause frequent urination, a burning sensation when using the toilet and the strong persistent urge to go.
‘Depressing’: Marnie said she’s ‘disappointed’ not to have given son Rox the year she imagined due to coronavirus and being bed-bound herself with a painful bladder illness
Marnie, who is currently in recovery from her recent surgery, said she considered having her bladder removed completely after also dealing with depression and anxiety as a result of her ill-health.
She said: ‘I had my operation nine days ago so it’s still really early. It was a pretty invasive operation.
‘It’s the same procedure that they would do for bladder cancer. I am still recovering and healing but I am positive that it’s going to work.
‘They went into my bladder and they basically burn, its 700 degrees, all of the top layer of it. I was absolutely petrified.
‘I was suffering with really bad anxiety because of it. It was so hard being a mum throughout it because some days I couldn’t even walk.
Positivity: The reality star, who’s in recovery after having surgery this month, said she hopes 2021 will be a better year after suffering from anxiety as a result of her ill-health
‘It was depressing because I planned in my mind what I wanted the first year of Rox’s life to be like, I wanted to go places and do things, not only has there been corona but I was also bed bound. It was horrible. I’m just hoping 2021 will be a better year.’
Marnie, who returns to MTV on Wednesday with new series Geordie OGs, said struggling with her health this year has shown her that going under the knife for cosmetic reasons isn’t worth the risk – and she’s sworn off plastic surgery for good.
She said: ‘I had my lips dissolved so long ago and I couldn’t dream of getting any other surgery.
‘My priorities have all changed, especially going through a real serious health condition, I’m not going to inflict pain on myself now do you know what I mean? I’ve had enough.
‘Had enough’: After admitting to having fillers, Botox and a breast uplift, Marnie said her recent health battles have left her never wanting to go under the knife again for cosmetic reasons
‘I have had cosmetic surgery in the past but before this operation I was absolutely terrified to even be put under anaesthetic. It’s strange; I thought ‘how did I used to do this?’ When you’re younger you feel like you’re invincible.’
After rising to fame on Geordie Shore alongside co-stars Charlotte Crosby, Holly Hagan and Sophie Kasaei, where she was filmed having sex on TV, stripping off and having bust-ups, Marnie admits she still likes a night out but now her priority is to be there for son, Rox.
She said: ‘Don’t get me wrong if I’m on a night out I’m still going to have a good time. I’m just not as wild as I once was.
‘When I go out now it’s really strange, I can’t fully relax, since I became a mam I go out but there’s always this thought in the back of my head that I’ve got to be okay for my son in the morning so I can’t fully enjoy the night.
‘I just get the worst anxiety otherwise and feel like I have to be home now. I don’t think that feeling will ever go – once you become a parent that’s just your life. I got all the partying out my system.’
Geordie OGs premieres on Wednesday October 28 at 9pm on MTV
Throwback: The mum-of-one said her ‘priorities have changed’ and not just because of motherhood but now the thought of having an operation ‘terrifies’ her