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Tv star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen: I'm glad my wife thought I was gay

Published 07/07/2015 | 12:55

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (right) and Jackie Bowen (left) arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 9, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ TV Choice. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (right) and Jackie Bowen (left) arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 9, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ TV Choice. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Flamboyant tv host Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has said that the secret to his long and successful marriage is that his wife originally assumed he was gay.

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The star has been married to his wife Jackie for 25 years.

The pair met when they were 19 years old and hit it off immediately.

"It was a complete Olympic instant attraction," the former Changing Rooms presenter said. "I was actually quite pleased to find out that she had assumed I was gay because it meant that my very, very stealth pound was entirely unexpected and unguarded."

Laurence has been wed to Jackie for 25 years.
Laurence has been wed to Jackie for 25 years.

Although the tv personality added that Jackie routinely gets irritated when other people label her husband gay or camp.

“There was Jonathan Ross and me – we went to the same tailor – and very quickly there was David Beckham and then there was a massive wave of boys who weren’t gay but who looked after themselves," he stated.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie

“But none of us ever stood up and said, ‘I’m not gay’ – we just got on with what we were doing because it doesn’t matter.

"Although it did p**s off Jackie when people mistook me as gay. And I’m certainly not secretly gay – I don’t like the idea of being secretly anything…”

As they approach their silver wedding anniversary, the dad-of-two reveals the secret to their happiness.

"We have completely and utterly grown up together," the home and lifestyle guru told The Radio Times. "She was just absolutely exquisite and naughty and posh and had the most amazing skin."

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (right) and Jackie Bowen (left) arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London.
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (right) and Jackie Bowen (left) arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

"We enjoy each other so much, you know. The children aren't around anymore and we spend so much time together - we have a Pre-Raphaelite intensity and intimacy."

"Jackie has always been very open about her postnatal depression and about the ridiculousness of the circus of our life at times, and the fact that I’ve often not been around. But everyone has their own normal and that is our normal," he added.

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