Patrick Kielty's romantic gesture to woo Cat Deeley that 'knocked her socks off'

by 24britishtvSept. 16, 2021, 10 p.m. 29
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After exploring his own family history back in 2018 with My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me, Patrick Kielty is back on our TV screens investigating fresh rumblings of violence in Northern Ireland sparked by the new trade border.

The 50-year-old Northern Irish comedian and TV personality was scooped up by the BBC in 1995 after he appeared on Comic Relief alongside Ben Elton, Jo Brand and Sir Lenny Henry.

He was soon a household name, fronting shows like Fame Academy and his own late night talk show Patrick Kielty Almost Live, and in 2005 and 2006, Patrick became the original host of ITV's Love Island.

So it's no surprise that Patrick is married to another big name in TV.

Cat Deeley, 44, is a celebrity jill-of-all-trades; the presenter, model, actress, singer, and TV personality rose to fame co-presenting the Saturday morning children's programme SM:TV Live with Ant and Dec from 1998 until 2002.

Cat and Patrick first met in 2002, while hosting the talent show Fame Academy - but they didn't actually get together until 10 years later.

In a previous interview on ITV 's This Morning show, Patrick told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that he had 'no regrets' about how long it took him and Cat to get together.

"If we had got together at the start, we could have got on one another’s nerves," he said, adding, "all things came at the right time."

It wasn't until a decade later that Patrick made his big romantic move.

In scenes worthy of any respectable rom-com, Patrick spontaneously flew all the way from Ireland to LA to have brunch with Cat on her birthday.

In an interview last year, Cat told the Sun that the gesture 'knocked her socks off'.

She said: "It was my birthday and he’d rung me, he was at a pub in Ireland and he’d rung me from the pub.

"Bear in mind it was probably about 2 o’clock in the morning because they’d had a lock-in."

Cat said told Patrick she was having a birthday brunch at Beverly Hills Hotel, and he shot back: "I’ll see you there!"

She said: "He went home, set his alarm for five, got up, went to the airport, flew from Belfast to London, then jumped on the first plane from London to LA."

After their relationship transitioned from colleagues and long-term friends into a whirlwind romance, Patrick and Cat finally went public in 2011, when they appeared on the red carpet together for Glamour's Women of the Year awards.

The couple eventually married in September 2012, at a private ceremony in Rome, and have since had two sons.

In December 2020, Patrick and Cat moved from their mansion in Los Angeles to a flat in North London, after a "terrifying" mall shooting left Patrick and their son "shaken", she revealed to the Sun.

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