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Jack Monroe announces engagement

Jack Monroe announces engagement

Jack Monroe

Wedding bells are in the air for Jack Monroe.

The genderqueer and non-binary journalist and activist announced their engagement to long-term partner Louisa Compton on Twitter.

Monroe posted a picture of two engagement rings on Twitter.

The caption of the tweet reads: ‘I’ve been keeping this a secret until we told our mums, but @louisa_compton said yes!!’

Compton is the Commissioning Editor for Dispatches, a current affairs documentary show airing on Channel 4.

It all started with A Girl Named Jack

Monroe came to prominence in the UK in 2012 with their food blog, A Girl Named Jack.

The blog, which has since been renamed Cooking on a Bootstrap, details Monroe’s experiences as a single parent living on a low-income while raising a young child.

Monroe used the blog to share recipes for nutritious meals which could be made on a tight budget.

The blog’s popularity skyrocketed Monroe to public attention, leading to several book deals and numerous TV appearances.

The 30-year-old has also been heavily involved in political activism. They are a vocal critic of austerity measures put in place by the UK’s Conservative government.

Monroe has also been open and candid about issues they’ve faced in the past, such as experiences of poverty, eating disorders, alcoholism, depression, and domestic abuse.

In 2017, Monroe made headlines for filing a lawsuit against controversial Daily Mail columnist, Katie Hopkins.

Hopkins, who had mistaken Monroe for journalist Laurie Penny, accused Monroe of supporting the vandalism of a war memorial.

After Hopkins refused to apologize, Monroe sued the columnist for defamation. The judge found in favor of Monroe, awarding her 24,000 in damages plus legal costs.