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Graham Norton: ‘Work comes first, my romantic life has taken second place to my job’

While he is utterly content with his successful career as a tv personality, Graham Norton laments that he has allowed his personal life take a back seat as a consequence.

The Cork native has enjoyed a lucrative and prosperous career in the limelight since the 1990s, but he revealed that it has taken a lot of sacrifice on his part.

“Work comes first,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “But because I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am, I continue to prioritise my job over other bits of my life. That’s probably very foolish and something I’ll live to regret.”

“When I look back at my romantic history, I have to say its taken second place to my job,” he laments. “Perhaps I don’t expect my love affairs to last. Or it could just be that I have a low attention span.”

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However, the 51-year-old comic thinks that if he were straight things may have been different.

“I have a theory. I think there’s something about having a male partner that makes it more difficult,” he said.

“This will sound sexist but that doesn’t mean it’s any less true. If I were a straight man, my female partner would have a role in the eyes of society. She would be the mother of my children, my hostess, the person on my arm at red carpet events. She would have a defined function.”

“But that’s not the case if your partner is male. Every man - no matter how young - has something of the alpha in him.”

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“So all the things they thought they’d enjoy about going out with me become loathsome in the end because they haven’t earned it for themselves. Increasingly that puts a strain on the relationship.”

Norton split from his partner Trevor Pattinson in 2013, after three years of dating.

The charming presenter is adamant that while he is currently single, he is completely content with his life and everyone in it.

His second memoir The Lifes And Loves Of A He-Devil was released in October 2014, and was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

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He has also just extended his multi million euro contract with the BBC, continuing at the helm of his popular Friday night chat show.

“If you live your life full of regret, it’s a negative thing,” he muses. It’s like you’re dragging a dead weight behind you. You need to make your peace with whatever it is and then move on.”

The host enjoys spending down time with his “heart’s delights” - Bailey the labradoodle and Madge the terrier.

“People assume I hang out with guests from my show and know a wide circle of famous people, this isn’t the case.”

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"I'm a happy person with a ridiculously nice life. I’m having the most fun. But wouldn’t it be terrible if my best days were particularly behind me?

“You’ve got to live life believing the best is yet to come,” he maintains.

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