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Now Brian calls Delta 'the wife'

Brian McFadden has refuelled speculation that he has wed long-term love Delta Goodrem (below) in secret.

The former Westlife star's family laughed off reports last week that he and the gorgeous blonde Australian were secretly married, after she was spotted wearing a wedding band.

His father Brendan said the reports were "very unlikely to be true" as he believed Brian wanted a large family wedding.

Brian (30), who has made Australia his home since splitting from first wife Kerry Katona, reignited rumours as he has begun calling Delta his wife.

He tweeted over the weekend: "TOY STORY 3.. What a great movie. The wife and i watched it tonight... very funny and sad." But Brian's father Brendan insisted that he knew nothing to suggest his son's eagerly awaited nuptials had taken place.

Mr McFadden's comments suggested that Delta (25) was joking when she allegedly told reporters during the week: "We've been married for ages. Jeez, you guys are slow."