Cat Deeley has revealed she fell in love with comedian Patrick Kielty after he flew to the US to be with her on her birthday as a surprise.
The glamorous US-based television presenter, from Birmingham, enjoyed a 20-year friendship with the Dundrum funnyman before they married in a secret ceremony in Rome in September.
The simple service in Italy was conducted by Belfast-based priest Father Gary Donegan.
The couple, affectionately known as PatCat, had worked together many years ago on BBC programme Fame Academy, but it wasn’t until Patrick (41) came to visit Cat (36) in the States that their platonic relationship turned to romance.
In an interview with Red magazine, Cat said: “I know that I definitely wasn’t ready for Patrick until now — nor he me.
“And we have had to get to a spot where we were and we have.
“And knowing each other for 20 years is brilliant. That feels like good foundations for the future.”
She added: “We’d always been friends and we’d always stayed friends, friends with chemistry. We’d worked together — presenting Fame Academy — but for one reason or another it never happened. We never thought that we’d actually end up together,” she added.
The So You Think You Can Dance? presenter also revealed she is very happy and content with her work and home life.
She said: “It’s true. My parents can see it. They can see how happy I am. I’ve got a lovely home, and I’m so lucky with the career I have.
“I don’t need Patrick to do anything. I just need him to make me happy — and he does.”
Cat and Patrick haven’t decided yet where they will celebrate their first Christmas as a married couple.
But it could be in Co Down if the comic has his way.
“Christmas this year is going to be a problem,” Cat admitted. “We are going to have to call in Kofi Annan because I have never had a Christmas away from home in Sutton Coldfield and Patrick has to be in Ireland...”
Cat also said she’s not sure what to get her new husband as a gift.
“Well, last Christmas we had only been together for a couple of months and we got each other the same thing: art,” she added. “So this year, I’m not sure how we trump that. We might have peaked too soon. Animals perhaps? Maybe a little fish?”