Entertainment Paul O’Grady Reveals The One Thing Missing From His Secret Wedding To Ballet Dancer Partner Andre Portasio

13:05  14 september  2017
13:05  14 september  2017 Source:   Huffington Post UK

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Paul O ' Grady has reportedly married his ballet dancer partner Andre Portasio in a secret wedding ceremony after 11 years as a couple. The 62-year-old Blind Date host wed the former English National Ballet star, 37, in an intimate ceremony at The Goring Hotel's gardens earlier this month.

Paul O ’ Grady has opened up about his secret wedding to his ballet dancer boyfriend for the first time. The 62-year-old ’Blind Date’ host tied the knot with 37-year-old Andre Portasio in the gardens of London’s Goring Hotel last month.

  Paul O’Grady Reveals The One Thing Missing From His Secret Wedding To Ballet Dancer Partner Andre Portasio © PA Archive/PA Images

Paul O’Grady has opened up about his secret wedding to his ballet dancer boyfriend for the first time.

The 62-year-old ’Blind Date’ host tied the knot with 37-year-old Andre Portasio in the gardens of London’s Goring Hotel last month.

Paul O'Grady and Andre Portasio married last month.© Provided by Huffington Post Paul O'Grady and Andre Portasio married last month.

The couple, who have been together since 2006, delivered their vows in front of 50 family members and close friends, including a number of well-known faces.

But there was one notable absentee from the guest list - Paul’s close friend Cilla Black, who died in 2015.

“She would be over the moon. It was just such a shame she wasn’t there,” Paul told The Mirror.

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Paul O ’ Grady has secretly married his ballet dancing partner in a low-key London ceremony, it has been revealed . PA Archive/PA Images. Paul O ’ Grady (right) with his new husband Andre Portasio .

The TV presenter and his ballet dancer other half tied the knot in London earlier this month.

But he added, laughing: “She wouldn’t have sung. She would never sing in public.

“If anyone said, ‘Cilla, give us a song’, she’d say, ‘I can’t, me voice is bad, but Paul will’.

“She wouldn’t get up at a wedding. She never used to sing in the shower or round the house.”

Paul with his close friend Cilla Black.© Provided by Huffington Post Paul with his close friend Cilla Black.

Despite Cilla’s absence, Paul said it was a “smashing day”.

“[It was] a quiet little thing but I really enjoyed it,” he said.

The Lily Savage star also admitted he had never considered walking down the aisle, until his friend, fellow comic Julian Clary, suggested it.

“Julian put the seed in my head,” Paul explained. “He said, ‘I’ve got married. You should’.

“And he’s right, then you protect your partner. If anything happens to me, he is pro­­tected. It makes sense.

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BLIND Date host Paul O ’ Grady has married his ballet ace partner in a secret wedding . The star tied the knot with Andre Portasio — 25 years his junior — in front of just 50 guests.

Paul O ’ Grady has reportedly married his ballet dancer partner Andre Portasio in a secret wedding ceremony after 11 years as a couple. The 62-year-old Blind Date host wed the former English National Ballet star, 37, in an intimate ceremony at The Goring Hotel’s gardens earlier this month.

“Married life is the same as before. We have known each other so long. Nothing has changed, really.

“And it’s nice. I like saying I’m married – better than saying I’m a divorcee, which I was before.

“You feel more committed. You have made a vow, you have to stick to it. But we still fight like cat and dog.”

Paul was introduced to former English National Ballet dancer Andre by his previous boyfriend and manager Brendan Murphy, who died suddenly from a brain tumour at the age 49, just days before Paul’s 50th birthday.

Andre was at Paul's side, together with his sister Sheila (left) and daughter Sharyn, when he collected his OBE.© Provided by Huffington Post Andre was at Paul's side, together with his sister Sheila (left) and daughter Sharyn, when he collected his OBE.

This isn’t the TV star’s first marriage. In 1977 he wed Portuguese model Teresa Fernandez after her family pressurised her into walking down the aisle.

Speaking about the ‘marriage of convenience’, Paul explained: “We worked in a club in Westbourne Grove, London, when I was 22. She was from a very strict Catholic family and was always being hassled by them: ‘Why aren’t you getting married?’ So I said: ‘Come on then, we’ll get married’, and we did.

“We were married for 27 years. I had no idea we were still married until my manager Brendan said, ‘If anything happened to you, everything would go to your wife’. It’s like a real life Corrie story line.”

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