Bindi Irwin announces engagement to longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell

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Credit: Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

Bindi Irwin had a big announcement for her 21st birthday, announcing on social media her engagement to longtime boyfriend Chandler Powell.

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The wildlife conservationist shared her news on Twitter. Irwin posted a pair of photos of her with Powell. One photo shows the couple together, while the other shows her engagement ring.

Powell posted a similar announcement and photograph on Instagram.

"I am overjoyed to be sharing the news that Chandler and I are engaged," Irwin told People. "This has been the most special day celebrating my 21st birthday.

“I’ve met my soulmate and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with Chandler. We’ve been together for nearly 6 years now and he’s my happily ever after.”

Irwin's engagement ring features a laboratory-grown diamond and is made with recycled, rose gold metal, E! Online reported

Powell, a former wakeboarder, told People he met Irwin at the Australia Zoo while he was in the country to compete in an event.

"It just so happened that Bindi was giving tours that day," Powell told the magazine. "I'm like, 'Wow, she is amazing.'"

Irwin was 8 when her father, crocodile hunter and conservationist Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray during a television shoot in 2006, CNN reported.

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