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Comedian Alan Carr and his husband Paul Drayton announced today that they were amicably separating after four years of marriage.
The couple had been dating since 2008, and were married in a lavish ceremony in Los Angeles after Paul had proposed to funnyman Alan in 2016.
Although the couple kept their relationship private, fans were given a glimpse into their lives during Alan's stand-up comedy gigs and also on talk shows including The One Show and This Morning.
The comedian has previously revealed details about their wedding day, including being married by a huge global megastar and close friend.
He has also been candid in the past about some of the struggles the couple have faced, including life in lockdown and Paul's battle with alcohol addiction.
Alan Carr first met party planner Paul Drayton in 2008, but details of how they met and their life together have mostly been kept private.
After eight years together, Paul proposed while the couple were on a romantic holiday in Indonesia during 2016.
The couple got married two years later in Los Angeles in January 2018, before embarking on a romantic honeymoon in Mexico.
An official statement said at the time: "The couple are currently on honeymoon in Mexico and are planning a big celebration with all their family and friends back in the UK later this summer. They are both extremely happy."
After living in London, the couple later relocated to a £2.7 million home in Aldington, Kent following their marriage.
Since then, Alan has given fans a glimpse into their private life together, including the difficulties they have faced during lockdown and how proud he was of his husband.
He told the Kelly Hoppen podcast in 2012 that the lockdown had been particularly tough on people with "addictive personalities" like Paul, who has openly battled alcohol addiction, saying: "I don’t think anyone is mentioning – obviously with coronavirus – people that do have an addictive personality. It’s tough for Paul.
"He’ll say, 'shall we get a bottle?' and I go, 'no we’re not getting any rose in,' but he has been so good and I’m so proud of him."
Celebrity wedding minister
It's a well-known fact that Alan Carr is a close friend of singer Adele, but many might not know that she married Alan and Paul on their big day.
Not only did Adele officiate the wedding, but the singer also gave Alan and Paul a huge gift, by agreeing to pay for and arrange their whole day.
Not only that, but she performed their first dance song too, with Alan Carr telling The One Show: "She did it all at her house. So, we got in there, and there is a grand piano with a man playing Ordinary People.
"Then she sang with our first dance, it was absolutely amazing. I can never repay her, she’s a one-off as we all know."
The two celebrities have a very close bond and Alan revealed on This Morning that Adele wanted to make his wedding day as special as it could be, saying: "She said I want to do your special day, let me do everything. So, she got ordained and she married us."
He added: "She is the kindest, most-sweetest, loveliest person ever. She flew us to Vegas to see Celine Dion sing. She sang my first dance. It was the best day of my life."
Throughout their marriage, Alan Carr spoke openly about his husband's battle with alcohol addiction and how he supported him through it.
In his autobiography Alantomy: The Inside Story, he said: "I want to be there for him because he's the best thing that's happened to me."
One way he supported his husband through his addiction battle, was to give up drinking alcohol too, saying jokingly during one of his comedy gigs in 2018: "He's been sober for 161 days.
"I haven't had a drink during this time either… or a smile."
However in 2021, the comedian and host revealed that Paul had begun drinking again while he was away filming, telling The Sun: "While I was away filming on location the past few weeks, Paul fell off the wagon and started drinking again.
"When I arrived back home from Wales, Paul was covered in scratches and bruises from a drinking binge.
"We are now working together to get the help he needs to get better which is our number one priority right now."
In the same year, it was reported that Paul was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, while in his Mitsubishi 4×4 in West Sussex in October.
He originally denied the charge but admitted his guilt on November 23 at Brighton Magistrates’ Court before the case was adjourned for sentencing in the New Year.
During their marriage, Alan and Paul received the heartbreaking news that Paul had a blood clot on the brain and needed to undergo surgery.
In 2021, Paul Drayton revealed in a statement that he had fallen off a horse and after "not feeling right", he went to a see a medical expert.
They later found that he had a potential blood clot on his brain, which required surgery to save his life.
Talking about his diagnosis, Paul said in a statement on social media: "I have a chronic subdural hematoma.
"They have to drill two small holes to drain it. Hopefully in the next few days.
"Thank you all for your messages and love.
"I won’t be on here for a while but will read all your messages as it gives me comfort and peace."
Fans were left shocked on January 21, after it was announced that Alan and Paul were divorcing after 13 years together.
An official statement was released announcing the split, saying: "After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce they are separating.
"They have jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go their separate ways. We request that their privacy is respected at this sensitive time."
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