A Timeline of Candice Swanepoel’s Relationship With Ex Hermann Nicoli

Candice Swanepoel met Hermann Nicoli in 2005 in Paris where she was working at a fashion show and they started dating shortly after. Ten years down the line (in 2015), they got engaged. About a year later, they welcomed their first child followed by their second in June 2018.

Not long after their second child was born, rumors began to make the rounds they were having problems in their relationship. Subsequently, news emerged that the couple had broken up in November 2018. However, the reason for their split remains unknown.

For so many years, Candice Swanepoel and Hermann Nicoli warmed the hearts of their fans and many other lovers of modeling with their love story and undeniable chemistry. The couple had a very lengthy romance and at some point, it was certain they were going to become husband and wife but it never happened and this fact has often left observers of their love story quite speechless.

Beautiful, smart, and very talented, Swanepoel is a South African model who is also a philanthropist and who has made her mark in the world of modeling, mesmerizing fans with her work with Victoria’s Secret and runway gigs for so many fashion brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Tommy Hilfiger, Chanel, Michael Kors, and many others.

Having been a constant face in the public space, the personal life and relationships of Candice Swanepoel have apparently been important topics of discussion among her many fans, especially because of her unexpected split from Hermann Nicoli with whom she spent so many years and made sweet memories.

Candice Swanepoel Met Hermann Nicoli When She Was Just 17 Years Old

Candice Swanepoel, who was born on 20 October 1988, in South Africa, was just 17 years old when she first met Hermann Nicoli. It was the year 2005 and Candice Swanepoel was in Paris, France where she was working at a fashion show. Hermann Nicoli was 23 years old at the time.

Nicoli, who is actually a Brazilian model, and Swanepoel were struck by each other and made contact at the event. It was not too long before they both decided to kickstart their romance which would last so many years.

At First, It Was Long-distance

It is noteworthy that Candice Swanepoel and Hermann Nicoli kept their relationship mostly private while their romance lasted. They were only seen pubicly when they take a walk through the streets or go to the beach. However, we do know some things. We know that when they started dating, it was mostly long-distance and this was because they were always working. Being a successful model who was rising through the ranks at the time, Candice Swanepoel was always traveling around the world for modeling events and runway appointments. So, she was often far away from Nicoli.

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Candice Swanepoel steps out with Hermann Nicoli in New York in 2017

However, speaking about this in an interview, Swanepoel explained that they did not feel pressured to be too close to each other at the start of their relationship because they understood that sometimes, being distant from each other often helped them miss themselves and spark a deep longing for each other. According to her, this was what kept them going for a long time.

She Learned Portuguese For Nicoli

Candice Swanepoel was so hit by Hermann Nicoli and was head over heels with him that she learned Portuguese just for him. Nicoli is Brazilian and the main language that is spoken in Brazil is Portuguese. The model decided she had to learn Portuguese because of this.

Interestingly, it was Hermann Nicoli who taught her how to speak Portuguese. Today, Swanepoel is fluent in three different languages namely Afrikaans, English, and Portuguese.

Candice Swanepoel Loved To Take Time Off With Nicoli

Despite their very tight schedules, Swanepoel and Nicoli still created time to go on vacation and shake off the dizzy feeling of work. The couple was usually seen on the beach, publicly displaying their affection for each other.

In 2013, while on one of their many vacations in Miami, Swanepoel was caught doing what many models don’t normally do. She was seen downing a bottle of full-fat Coke! It is no secret at all that supermodels around the world can be notoriously strict with what they consume and usually do not take anything that contains so much fat. However, Swanepoel showed that once in a while, she can choose to allow herself to indulge in a few guilty pleasures.

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Candice Swanepoel takes a bottle of coke while on vacation with Hermann Nicoli

Hermann Nicoli Popped The Big Question Very Privately

In 2015, after spending about 10 years as a couple, Candice Swanepoel and Hermann Nicoli got engaged. According to E! Online, Nicoli proposed to Swanepoel very privately in August 2015 and did not make a fuss about it. A source who spoke to E! Online explained that Swanepoel was giddy with joy at the proposal and was over the moon with the prospect of getting married.

Just one day after the news of her engagement to Nicoli broke, Swanepoel confirmed the development by flaunting her engagement ring on Instagram. The model shared an interesting video on her Instagram page, showing her dancing with fiancé Hermann Nicoli. While dancing, she gave fans the very first glimpse at her diamond ring. Fans were excited for her and quickly took to her comment section to congratulate her on the engagement.

In September 2015, Candice Swanepoel went on to show off her engagement ring publicly and in person when she flashed the sparkler at Rihanna’s New York Fashion Week Party and gave fans a personal and up-close view of the ring. It was clear that she was in love with her fiance and was looking forward to being his wife.

Candice Swanepoel and Hermann Nicoli were engaged for three years but never got married. However, Swanepoel was never bothered about the delay. She told HELLO! magazine that, having been with Nicoli for such a long time, she felt like a married person already and that she didn’t need any papers to remind her of that.

Candice Swanepoel Became A Mother For The First Time At Age 27

In mid-2016, Swanepoel revealed she was pregnant when she started posting photos of herself with a bulging tummy on Instagram. This left her fans ecstatic.

Eventually, about a year after she got engaged to Hermann Nicoli, Swanepoel became a mother for the first time at the age of 27. The model and her fiance welcomed their child, a son, on October 5th. 2016. It was only a few weeks to Swanepoel’s birthday.

Swanepoel, who was apparently overjoyed, took to her Instagram page to share a photo of the newborn for her fans to see. She simply captioned the photo: Life is sweet. Anacan (Anacã) 5th-October -2016.

Swanepoel’s caption for her post revealed her son’s name to be Anacã.  As expected, fans were thrilled to know about the delivery and quickly took to her comment section to wish her and the newborn well.

As expected, Candice Swanepoel continued posting her son’s photos online. She was virtually obsessed with the little human. She also hailed her fiance in some of the posts, explaining that he was the best father in the world.

Swanepoel And Nicoli Welcomed Their Second Child In 2018

After their son Anacã was born, the couple did not stop there. They decided to have another child. Fans got to know Swanepoel was pregnant with her second child in December 2017 after she revealed the situation when she posted a photo of her cradling her baby bump on Instagram.

Over the next few days, she continued posting more photos of her pregnant self, updating her fans on her pregnancy journey, and explaining that she could not wait to welcome the second addition to the family she and Nicoli were building.

Eventually, on June 19, 2018, she revealed that their son had been born.

Their newborn baby was named Ariel Swanepoel Nicoli

Trouble In Paradise For Swanepoel And Nicoli

Not long after Ariel Swanepoel Nicoli was born, some indications began to emerge that Swanepoel and Nicoli were having problems in their relationship, and this alarmed fans of the couple. First, the couple unfollowed each other on Instagram, and this sent a big message across to people that all was not well with them.

After unfollowing each other on Instagram, both Swanepoel and Nicoli stopped posting about themselves. To make matters worse, they started deleting photos of each other from their individual pages. It was clear that there was trouble in paradise for the couple. However, neither of them talked about it publicly.

Eventually, news emerged that the couple had split up in November 2018. Confirming the development in mid-2019, Swanepoel, in an Instagram Stories Q&A with her many fans, told everyone that she was single. She, however, said no more about the matter.

Why Did The Couple Split?

The exact reason why Candice Swanepoel and Hermann Nicoli broke up and canceled their engagement still remains under wraps. This is mainly because neither of the ex-lovers has volunteered to explain what really went wrong. Both have moved on with their individual lives.

At the moment, Swanepoel is apparently doing very well for herself as her career has maintained steam. She is also very fond of her kids, often showing them off on Instagram.


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