The TV presenter and ballet dancer wed in a secret ceremony in August
Paul O’Grady has confirmed he has finally wed his long-term partner, ballet dancer Andre Portasio, in a secret star-studded ceremony.
The TV favourite revealed their wedding day was ‘smashing’, despite saying gay marriage wasn’t for him just three years ago.
After 11-years as a couple, the pair were wed at London’s upmarket Goring Hotel on August 5 surrounded by their friends and family.
Celebrity guests who watched on as the couple exchanged vows in the hotel’s gardens included acting great Ian McKellen, comedian Julian and actor-turned-politician Michael Cashman.
After keeping details of their secret wedding private, O’Grady has finally opened up about their big day.
“It was a smashing day. A quiet little thing but I really enjoyed it,” he told The Mirror. “Julian put the seed in my head. 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.”
We bet Paul’s dog, Ola, had a big part to play!
The couple are said to have celebrated their nuptials with a big lunch afterwards, dining on Dorset crab and smoked salmon canapes on the private lawn while sipping champagne.
This is the second marriage for O’Grady, who wed his gay friend Teresa Fernandes in 1977 before divorcing in 2005.
“Theresa, I call her the lesbian Portuguese barmaid, was lovely. She looked like David Cassidy,” he told Woman in 2011.
‘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.'”