Comedian Patrick Kielty has revealed how he and his wife Cat Deeley finally became a couple.
The funnyman from Dundrum, Co Down, worked with presenter Deeley on TV talent show Fame Academy – but it was a last-minute flight across the Atlantic that changed everything.
He told the Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine: “Cat was in LA and I was in Northern Ireland, so I texted her to wish her a happy birthday.
“When she said she was having a birthday lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, I said I’d be there. She told me to go to sleep as I was drunk.
“That was 2am. I got up at 5am, went to Belfast airport for 6am, got the 7.15am flight to Heathrow, landed at 8.30am, took off again at 9.40am and arrived in LA at 1.15pm.
“I was at the Beverly Hills Hotel by 2.15pm. When I walked in, Cat looked at me and said: ’Oh, you’re good!”’
Kielty said there was always “a spark” between them, adding: “Unless someone was stupid enough to get on a plane, nothing would have happened.”
The pair got married in September 2012 at a ceremony in Rome.