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Richard Madeley discusses 'space' in 35-year marriage with Judy Finnigan

The I'm A Celeb star tied the knot in 1986

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Nichola Murphy
Nichola MurphyWeddings Editor
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Richard Madeley has been reunited with his wife Judy Finnigan after his surprise exit from I'm a Celebrity this week, but he previously opened up about whether they need "space" in their relationship.

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The TV stars, who are well-known for presenting This Morning from 1988 until 2001, have been married since 1986. Richard sweetly explained that their 35-year marriage has taught them to see the "warning signs" before any disagreements escalate into anything further. Speaking to The Metro, he said: "We’ve been married a long time so without actually saying, ‘Oh, you’re getting on my nerves, I need space,’ we almost know instinctively.

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"You start to see the warning signs. I think that’s probably true of a lot of older married couples."

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Richard announced that he was "gutted" to leave I'm A Celeb after going to hospital and breaking the COVID-19 bubble, but we have no doubt that he is excited to return home to Judy and their two children Jack and Chloe – especially since he missed the couple's 35th wedding anniversary!

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The couple have been married since 1986

"On Sunday, that's our 35th wedding anniversary actually. So that will be the first wedding anniversary that I've missed and it's a big one," Richard told the Daily Express. "I gave her a present before we left and a card which she will open on the day. We're going to really miss each other. I'll miss her a huge amount."

Richard and Judy's relationship is even an inspiration to their children, who turn to their parents for marriage guidance.

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Richard and Judy live in Hampstead Heath

Their daughter Chloe, who married rugby star James Haskell on 16 December 2018, explained in an interview with The Mirror: "If I call my dad up and James and I have had an argument, he will counsel me through it. One of my biggest downfalls as a person is I find it hard to let things go and move on.

"So, my dad will always tell me, 'Let it go Chloe, this is ridiculous'. He'll put me in my place."

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