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Exclusive: Martine McCutcheon's glitzy hen weekend in Paris

02 APRIL 2012

Martine McCutcheon has shared exclusive photographs and details of her hen night.

The former Eastenders star is set to marry musician Jack McManus later this year, and was joined on a fun-filled girls-only trip to Paris by six girlfriends.

Martine told HELLO! magazine: "It's so hard for us to all get together because our lives are so busy and we’re all travelling all over the place, doing different things.

"But when we do meet up, we have such a ball."

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The party stayed at the Hotel Plaza Athenee – as featured in Sex and the City – with the entire gang dressing up in tuxedos for their night on the town.

Martine reveals that the night got so raucous that they were ejected from the historic Louvre.

"We had photographs taken by the River Seine and at the Louvre," she said.

"We actually got kicked out of the Louvre because we were literally stopping traffic. We were told that had never happened before."

"On the way home we were all saying, 'Ooh, my voice sounds really croaky.'

"It was because we literally hadn't stopped talking and laughing from the moment we met up to the moment we said our goodbyes.

"There were some tears, too, because we do really miss one another. The weekend flew by so fast, but at least we have the wedding to look forward to."

In the interview, Martine also reveals how Jack proposed to her in December 2010.

 

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"London's Embankment is one of my favourite places in the world and because it was snowing and there wasn't another soul around, there was something truly magical about it," she said.

"And it was there, by Albert Bridge, that Jack got down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

"It was so emotional. Then we ran back to the car laughing and squealing like kids as we were so excited."

And Martine also admits that she had always been scared of settling down – until she met Jack.

"In the past I've been quite scared of commitment. If you've been abandoned by a parent or brought up by a single parent as I was, deep down, you feel that's going to happen again," she says.

"Now, with Jack, I feel completely loved.

"In other relationships I've had to apologise for elements of who I am – 'Sorry about the press,' or, 'Sorry it's not glamorous 24/7.' With Jack, there's no need for me to apologise or compromise."

To read more of Martine's interview, in which she reveals how Jack had originally planned to propose, her mother's reaction to the news and exactly what inspired the hen party's outfit, pick up the latest issue of HELLO!

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