Walking Dead star Tom Payne announces he’s engaged to Swedish model… after his character’s major plot twist in mid-season finale
Tom Payne has become engaged to his 29-year-old Swedish girlfriend Jennifer Akerman.
The 35-year-old actor shared the news on The Talking Dead, a show that comes on after his hit series The Walking Dead.
This comes just after he was seen in the mid-season finale of the Walking Dead which offered a major shock to his fans.
Bittersweet: Walking Dead star Tom Payne announced that he is engaged to Swedish singer Jennifer Akerman on the same night his character was killed off the show; seen in March
The episode was unlike any other for actor Payne for one big reason – his character died.
Somehow, Payne managed to overshadow his character’s big news by announcing that he is engaged to be married during an episode of Talking Dead.
The star of the zombie drama stopped by Walking Dead’s aftershow hosted by Chris Hardwick and let it slip that he is going to be tying the knot soon.
Since season six, he has played Jesus on the hit AMC show but his tenure came to a close on Sunday when his character met his end.
After the episode aired, the British born actor told Hardwick that he was only given a weeks notice about his demise.
‘I got the call like, an episode before and I was texting my girlfriend, now fiancée,’ he explained.
Surprise! The 35-year-old let it slip that he is going to be tying the knot to the model during a segment on Talking Dead
Gone: His character, Jesus, met his end after a six season stint on the zombie drama
Surprised at the news, Hardwick interrupted the actor and slipped in a quick Congratulations!’
Payne popped the question to his girlfriend since 2013, Swedish singer Jennifer Akerman.
The 29-year-old beauty is the sister of actress Malin Akerman.
Siblings! Jennifer is a Swedish singer and the sister of actress Malin Akerman
Seems like Payne will have plenty of time to help his new fiancee plan their wedding now that he’s off of The Walking Dead.
The bearded actor whose character was known for his long hair and calm demeanor lasted surprisingly long on a series notorious for having no loyalties to any of it’s cast members when it comes to who lives and who dies.
Over the last few seasons the show has been hemorrhaging viewers as plots have come disjointed and superficial villains got more screen time than beloved main characters.
Changing cast: Payne is the latest in a string of exits on the show like star Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan
And, Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, appeared to exit the show with little to no fanfare.
The Walking Dead season 9 returns on AMC on February 10.