A look at the life of Paul O’Grady’s husband Andre Portasio
ANDRE Portasio is a former-professional ballerina who married the late television star Paul O’Grady in 2017.
The pair shared a long history and first met in 2006.
Who is Andre Portasio?
Andre Portasio is a former-professional ballerina.
He began dating entertainer Paul O’Grady 11 years before they tied the knot.
He used to perform with the English National Ballet.
The pair began dating in 2006 before marrying in the summer of 2017.
When did Paul O’Grady and Andre Portasio get married?
Andre and Paul got hitched in a 30-minute ceremony in the gardens of The Goring Hotel, central London, on August 5, 2017.
Guests such as actors Ian McKellen, 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 afterward to celebrate.”
At first, the couple lived apart, but during the pandemic, they moved in together.
Andrew taught ballet online, while Paul learned to play the ukelele and spent house baking.
The couple maintained their separate bedrooms and bathrooms, though.
Paul told The Sun: “I remember Joan Collins on my show saying the secret to a happy marriage was different bathrooms. She was right — and separate bedrooms also work a treat. I don’t like sharing a bed.
“What if I want to read? I also have to listen to the shipping forecast before I sleep.”
The couple shared a sprawling property near Kent which featured a fruit orchard, an outdoor swimming pool, and a summer house.
Who else did Paul O’Grady date?
Paul has always kept his love life private, but he was married once before.
He was married to Teresa Fernandes from 1977 to 2005.
This was a ‘marriage of convenience,’ and he said he was ‘not in a relationship’ with her.
Did Paul O’Grady have any children?
In 1974 Paul had a daughter, Sharon, with his friend Diane Jansen.
Paul shared a good relationship with his only child and even gave her away at her wedding.
He also has a grandson named Abel and a granddaughter called Halo.
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