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Mark Wright opens his heart about marriage and reuniting with his 'partner in crime' Michelle Keegan

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Mark Wright has opened up about his first year as a married man in an exclusive new interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine. The former TOWIE star, who said "I do" to Michelle Keegan last May, is back in Dubai where he first met his other half and chose to propose to her nine months later.

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"This is the place where Michelle and I properly got together," said Mark. "We both love it and have so much fun here. We spend the whole week on the beach drinking and having fun and that's why it's where I proposed."

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Mark Wright said of marriage: "You know you're each other's forever and it's such a special feeling"

Mark, 29, and Michelle, 28, have been apart for three weeks. The actress is in South Africa filming her new BBC drama Our Girl and Mark is on his way to visit.

"I am so excited to go over," said Mark. "It's never easy being apart for so long, but it's been done before. I wouldn't say we have a rule but I don't think either of us would be happy leaving it longer than a month."

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Michelle Keegan is currently in South Africa filming Our Girl

The couple are celebrating their first wedding anniversary next month. While Mark and Michelle have yet to make any plans, the Essex charmer said "there'll definitely be something special that we get up to".

Reflecting on marriage, Mark added: "People always say, 'Oh enjoy your dating days, they're the best.' And they're great, don't get me wrong, but being married tops it all. You know you're each other's forever and it's such a special feeling."


Read the full interview in this week's copy of HELLO!

And are babies on the cards for Mark and Michelle? The radio host said he is hoping for a "lovely, healthy, happy family" in five years' time – and to present a big Saturday night entertainment show. "That's the goal, the dream," he said.