Aston Villa's Darren Bent gets engaged to rival Liam Ridgewell's ex

London, Oct 27 (ANI): Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has got engaged to his rival club West Brom's defender Liam Ridgewell's former girlfriend.

Model Kirsty Maclaren, 24, was eight days away from getting married to defender Ridgewell, 28, when they called off their 170,000-pound-wedding in June 2011 in a "mutual" decision.

She met Bent through a mutual friend and they got serious after a whirlwind romance.

The couple live together with her two kids - one of whom was fathered by Ridgewell.

"Darren is loved up and settled. He wants a fresh start away from stress," the Sun quoted a friend as saying.

"Darren, Kirsty and Liam have a lot of mutual friends.

"The upheaval has affected him. He hasn't been on top form," the friend added. (ANI)