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Llewelyn-Bowen was glad of gay tag

Published 07/07/2015

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie

Changing Rooms presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has said he's glad his wife Jackie thought he was gay when they first met.

The couple met aged 19 at a dinner party, and have been married for 25 years.

"It was a complete, Olympic instant attraction," he said to Radio Times Magazine, adding later: "I was actually quite pleased to find that she had assumed I was gay because it meant that my very, very stealth pounce was entirely unexpected and unguarded."

Bowen's recent venture is a BBC2 documentary called Cracking China. With a camera crew in tow, he's attempting to expand his business ventures in China and Mexico.

He's also attempting to venture into lingerie designing at the same time.

Bowen credits his marriage success to the fact that they have "completely and utterly grown up together".

He said: "We enjoy each other so much, you know. The children aren't around anymore, and we spend so much time together - we have a Pre-Raphaelite intensity and intimacy."

The children he's referring to are their two daughters - Cecile and Hermione - whom he describes as "not brats at all and they are very thoughtful".

He also admits having always had a 'thing' for The Good Life's Margo Leadbetter (played by actress Penelope Keith), but says Jackie is far sexier.

"She's like Margo Leadbetter with Madonna thrown in," he added.

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