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Fry's delight at gay marriage vote


Stephen Fry married Elliot Spencer in January

Stephen Fry married Elliot Spencer in January

Stephen Fry married Elliot Spencer in January

Stephen Fry said he is "dizzyingly" happy since marrying his boyfriend four months ago - and is delighted that same sex couples in Ireland now can tie the knot as well.

The presenter, actor and comedian married 27-year-old partner Elliot Spencer in January and admitted that their relationship had a lot to do with his contentment.

Speaking at the Hay Festival, Fry also spoke candidly about how he overcame his cocaine addiction and admitted to being a secret Eurovision fan.

However, it was his comments about the Yes vote in Ireland's gay marriage referendum which got the biggest round of applause from a sell out crowd.

He said: "I congratulate the people of Ireland - I'm happy they've decided to respect the sanctity of marriage.

"It's not about being right or expressing how clever and smart and progressive we are - it's about giving others permission to join in

"Married life has suited me wonderfully. I'm dizzyingly happy and I'm looking well particularly because of that - and I'm as well fed as always."

Fry, who spoke at Hay to promote the third volume of his memoirs More Fool Me, also spoke about how his cocaine addiction - which reached its peak in the 1980s - was expensive, wasteful and "monumentally stupid".

However, he believed that the Class A drug had not done him any lasting harm and did not believe in being too self-critical about his addiction.

In a live interview with festival director Peter Florence, Fry said: "I don't think I'm going to lie on my death bed regretting that much."

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Fry also spoke about how he has spent three months in Central America filming a new TV project - and insisted he did not just love "highbrow" culture.

Name-checking Oscar Wilde, Beethoven and Wagner, he said: "My heroes are quite serious artists....(but) I couldn't live up to them in any respect.

"I love truly great artists but I like the artistic equivalent to a tin of beans. I like entertainment.

Drawing laughter from the crowd, he added: "What will I be missing tonight? Eurovision!"

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