updated 12/02/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/02/2010 AT 1:45 PM ET
“He gets who I am, supports my dreams and loves me unconditionally,” she tells PEOPLE. “I just knew he was the one from me.”
After he met her online – “Believe it or not, you can find love on Twitter,”Lozada, the co-owner of the shoe boutique Dulce, exclaims – Ochocinco proposed to Lozada with a 10-carat Jacob of Beverly Hills ring.
“I couldn’t be happier with my engagement to Chad,” says Lozada, who was previously engaged to NBA player Antoine Walker. “Our friendship is true love and respect and is unlike anything that I have ever experienced.”
Now, the couple are not only enjoying their engagement and looking forward to combining their families – Chad has children from previous relationships and Lozada has a daughter – but, perhaps, making some new additions.
“Evelyn has been dying to have kids and is looking forward to starting a family with Ocho,” a source tells PEOPLE.
And while Lozada’s show – which returns to VH1 on Dec. 12 – focuses on her life in the basketball world,she’s since switched sports: “I am definitely now a Bengals fan!”