Saturday 22 July 2017

Bob Geldof weds long-term partner Jeanne Marine in idyllic French Riviera wedding

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Bob Geldof tied the knot with his long-standing partner Jeanne Marine yesterday, at a beach-front house near Nice on the sun-soaked French Riviera, according to reports.

His daughters Fifi (32) and Pixie (25) were among the guests as the couple swapped vows.

Among those on the star-studded guest list was The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson (55), a lifelong friend of the couple.

She made a glamorous arrival on a boat with her boyfriend Manuel Fernandez, 47.

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Earlier this year it was reported that the Boomtown Rat and French actress Jeanne, 49, had married in the resort of Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer.

However, it now transpires that the couple they were merely signing paperwork in preparation for their big day.

The wedding  comes after a devastating period in the Geldof family's lives after Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose aged only 26 in 2014.

Meanwhile Hollywood actress Demi Moore also attended the nuptials with her friend floral designer Eric Buterbaugh.

Richard Curtis, screen writer and Comic Relief founder was present with his partner Emma Freud.

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Richard Branson and his wife Joan mingled with guests such as model Jerry Hall and actor Richard E Grant.

The Sunday Mirror reports that a source said:

“It’s quite an intimate affair. Bob doesn’t really go in for all of that celebrity excess.

"He just likes to be around his closest friends and family.

“Everybody knows what a difficult couple of years he has had, but this weekend is a lovely opportunity to celebrate his relationship with Jeanne.

"It was very special.”

The 63-year-old Live Aid campaigner met Jeanne after the breakdown of his marriage to Paula Yates in 1996 and has described her as his rock.

Jerry Hall let it slip last year that Sir Bob had popped the question.

She said: “Bob has proposed. Jeanne is over the moon. Jeanne Marine has been a rock.”

Guests are said to have partied long into the night following the 5pm ceremony.

Jeanne said previously of her new husband: “He is very stylish, very elegant, lovely. I need to have men loving me, but I only need one man. I hope I’ve found him.”

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