PAUL O’Grady got married to Andre Portasio in a romantic ceremony attended by famous friends like Sir Ian McKellan.
But just who is his new husband and when did they get married? Here’s what we know…
© 2012 Desmond O’Neill Features Ltd:-www.donfeatures.com firstname.lastname@example.org Paul O’Grady married long-term partner Andre Portasio in a secret ceremony
Who is Andre Portasio?
Andre Portasio is a dancer who began dating Paul some 11 years before they tied the knot.
He used to perform with the English National Ballet.
The pair began dating back in 2006, before marrying in the summer of 2017.
Dee Conway Andre, right, performing at the English National Ballet
When did Andre Portasio marry Paul O’Grady?
Andre and Paul got hitched in a 30-minute ceremony in the gardens of The Goring Hotel, central London, on August 5, 2017.
Guests including actors Ian McKellen and Michael Cashman and comedian Julian Clary then enjoyed champagne on the private lawn and canapes including smoked salmon pancake rolls and Dorset crab cornets.
The wedding reception menu included cured sea bream and glazed ox cheek.
A close friend told The Sun: “Paul is as happy as he’s ever been to be married to Andre.
“They kept the wedding to just their closest family and friends and had a big lunch afterwards to celebrate.”
The marriage brought joy to Paul who suffered heartbreak in 2005 when his boyfriend Brendan Murphy died suddenly aged 49.
Brendan, who Paul called “my best friend and manager”, suffered a brain tumour days before Paul turned 50.
A year later, the Lily Savage star met up with Andre — who was introduced to him by Brendan before his death.
On their wedding certificate, it says Paul’s previous marriage was “dissolved”.
This refers to his marriage of convenience in 1977 to Portuguese model Teresa Fernandez which ended in 2005.