Presenter couple Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley have been married for more than a decade and share two children together. Patrick has opened up about the beginning of their romance.
Patrick Kielty has opened up about the romantic way he won over Cat Deeley and made her his wife.
The 53-year-old television presenter has been married to 47-year-old Cat since 2012 and together they share two children. They were brought together by the BBC talent show Fame Academy – which they co-hosted in 2002.
Patrick is now the host of the Late Late Show in Ireland and he is counting down to Valentine’s Day with a series of special shows. During one episode, the Irish star opened up about the beginnings of his romance with Cat – and how he jetted around the globe to propose to her.
He said: “I am an absolute born romantic…If I’d a quid for every rom-com I’ve cried at. I followed my heart all the way to Los Angeles to surprise my now wife for lunch. Twelve years and two kids later, I think it worked out.”
Cat has gushed about their romance together in the past too. In 2020, during an appearance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show back when Ryan Tubridy was the host, Cat said: “We had been friends for a very, very long time. Since we did [TV show] Fame Academy and all that. We would always call each other on birthdays or Christmas, or we’d see each other occasionally or whatever it was. Anyway, there was a night where it was the day before my birthday. I can’t even remember what birthday it was now! It was 30-something. Anyway, he called me and he spoke to me on the phone.”
She continued: “He said, ‘Oh, what are you doing for your birthday? I’m just ringing to say happy birthday.’ I said, ‘Oh, we’re going to the Beverly Hills Hotel. We’re just going to have a late brunch; it’s going to be very civilised. It’s a shame you’re not here, otherwise you could come’. And he was like, ‘Well, eh – I’ll be there’.”
She added: “Now, bear in mind at this point, Ryan, he was at the Maghera Inn down the end of the road, and in Ireland, I think it was approximately three o’clock in the morning, so I wasn’t too sure! I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, sure you will. Sure you will, Charlie Big Bananas, sure you’ll be there! I’ll hold you a seat, how about that? Anyway, I didn’t know this, but he basically stumbled home from the pub, set an alarm clock, booked a flight to go back to Heathrow – I think the first flight out.”
Cat and Patrick have recently returned from living in the USA to move to London – and Cat is now set to replace Holly Willoughby as the host of This Morning. This has meant she has had to quit hosting So You Think You Can Dance which she helmed in the States since 2006. A source told the MailOnline this month: “Cat will not get any special treatment. She will absolutely not be given time off to film the next series of So You Think You Can Dance. So she has to make that decision. It’s one or the other, end of.”
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