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Paul O'Grady, 62, CONFIRMS marriage to dancer partner

Paul O'Grady has confirmed his secret marriage to partner Andre Portasio, as he lamented his late pal Cilla Black being absent.

It was claimed last month that the 62-year-old TV legend tied the knot with the ballet dancer, 37, and he has now confirmed the joyous news, in what was 'a smashing day' yet he admitted Cilla was sorely missed, following her death in 2015.

He told the Mirror that his best friend would have been 'over the moon', but rejoiced in the say as he insisted married life, which was suggested by pal Julian Clary, is the same as before but he merely 'feels more committed'

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Happy days: Paul O'Grady has confirmed his secret marriage to partner Andre Portasio, as he lamented his late pal Cilla Black being absent

Happy days: Paul O'Grady has confirmed his secret marriage to partner Andre Portasio, as he lamented his late pal Cilla Black being absent

Paul married Andre in a secret ceremony after 11 years as a couple, when they tied the knot last month at The Goring Hotel's gardens. 

Guests at the idyllic reportedly included acting great Ian McKellen, comedian Julian and actor-turned-politician Michael Cashman.

Now he has spoken for the first time about Paul, 62, said: 'She would be over the moon. It was just such a shame she wasn’t there. She wouldn’t have sung. 

'She would never sing in public. If anyone said: "Cilla, give us a song", she’d say: "I can’t, me voice is bad, but Paul will". She wouldn’t get up at a . She never used to sing in the shower or round the house.'

Sad times: It was claimed last month that the 62-year-old TV legend tied the knot with the ballet dancer, 37, and he has now confirmed the joyous news, in what was 'a smashing day' yet he admitted Cilla was sorely missed, following her death in 2015

Sad times: It was claimed last month that the 62-year-old TV legend tied the knot with the ballet dancer, 37, and he has now confirmed the joyous news, in what was 'a smashing day' yet he admitted Cilla was sorely missed, following her death in 2015

'It was a smashing day. A quiet little thing but I really enjoyed it. Julian put the seed in my head. He said, ‘I’ve got married. You should’. And he’s right, then you protect your partner. If anything happens to me, he is pro­­tected. It makes sense.' 

Paul, who found huge fame as his drag alter ego Lily Savage, revealed his relationship with ballet dancer and teacher Andre in his 2012 biography, Still Standing, where he said: 'Our relationship just crept up on us. It took us by surprise when we were least expecting it.' 

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