Diane Parish has revealed she is engaged and wants to get married in the next two years.

Diane Parish

Diane Parish

The 'EastEnders' actress explained she had kept things private amid her breakup from ex Sebastian - who have daughters Kenya, 12, and 10-year-old Kaya together - for the sake of her family, but she's opened up and confirmed she wants to tie the knot with her new man by 2020.

Showing off her engagement ring on ITV's 'Loose Women' on Tuesday (02.10.18), she admitted she had kept it quiet last time she appeared on the show, but said: "2020, it sounds like a good year! The thing is, last time I was here I got a bit ambushed with that one.

"For the sake of my children, I didn't want to into my breakup with their father, and I'm usually quite a private person.

"I just wanted to protect my daughters. I've been single quite a long time, I've had my fun. I've met the man of my dreams."

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old soap star opened up on the lessons she wants to teach her young daughters, and she told the daytime TV panel how she doesn't want them worrying about their looks, rather than focusing on their minds.

She said: "I ban any body shaming words in my house, I have very strong feelings about that. People think it's perfectly OK to go, 'Oh, you skinny minnie, you need to eat more, there's nothing of you', and I think there's plenty of me.

"What matters is in here [your brain], and what comes out of here [your mouth]."