Katie Piper has had a varied career throughout her life, and whilst she currently appears on Loose Women the star has also written several self-help books and fronted documentaries, as well as taking part in the 16th series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she and professional partner Gorka Marquez were eliminated in the third week.
After suffering a devastating acid attack at the age of 24, Katie admitted that she never thought she would be able to find love again, however, the presenter has since tied the knot with Richard James Sutton, and the happy pair have even started a family together. Read on to find out all you need to know about Katie's husband...
Who is Richard James Sutton?
Richard James Sutton is a carpenter and builder. Katie had previously shared her worries about finding love again following an acid attack from an ex-boyfriend, and feared she might have to "pause" her romance with Richard as she underwent surgery, but the carpenter has stuck with Katie through thick and thin.
How did the couple meet?
The couple have been together since 2013 after they were set up by a mutual friend, and a year later Richard popped the question before tying the knot in November 2015.
Speaking about the early days of their relationship, Katie previously told MailOnline: "James was chatty, witty and looked me squarely in the eye. He never once mentioned my burns, and because he didn't, I didn't either." She added: "He didn't even stare at them, so I didn't feel self-conscious. He had me relaxed and buzzing with confidence."
Their adorable engagement
Richard proposed to the TV presenter in December 2014. "It was quite a surprise actually, we got engaged a couple of weeks before Christmas so it was a really nice end to a year in my life I never thought I'd be lucky enough to experience so yes, I feel really privileged and lucky," gushed Katie.
When did the couple get married?
Although Katie and her partner prefer to keep their romance out of the spotlight, the loving wife previously opened up about their wedding day. "I'm the only person in my family who works in the TV industry and it was hard to explain to relatives, 'Please don't write about it on Facebook'," she told the Sunday People in 2016. "It was also hard on some of the people who provided services for the wedding as, understandably, they wanted to put it on their websites."
The star continued: "We had to cancel it a couple of times because I was ill. But we shared it with our close family and friends, so everyone who knows us got to experience it. The whole chapter of getting married and having a baby was something I had hoped for – but I knew it was a luxury and it doesn't happen to everybody. I felt even more joyful because I wasn't sure if it was something I'd be privileged enough to experience."
Speaking to MailOnline at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia London back in 2018, Katie joked that her putting on weight has a sign of her "happy marriage". Dressed in her bridal gown, she joked: "I thought, 'It will be fine, it'll look great for this show.' But I went to put it on last night and it didn't really do up. My husband was trying to do it up last night and he said, 'This is the sign of a happy marriage, you've put on weight, that's a good thing.'"
For their first wedding anniversary, Katie shared an unseen wedding photo which saw her and Richard having petals thrown over them. In her caption, she gushed: "Can't believe this photo was taken 1 year ago today! Happy anniversary to my husband, what a great year it's been being Mrs Sutton."
How many children do the couple have?
Katie and Richard have welcomed two daughters together, Belle, nine, and Penelope, six. The happy couple welcomed Belle several months before Richard popped the question. Confirming her arrival, Katie posted: "I am delighted to tell you that our daughter Belle Elizabeth was born today! Overwhelmed with happiness. We can't wait to get to know her!"
As for Penelope, the proud mum introduced her adorable baby to HELLO! a few weeks after giving birth. In an exclusive interview, the philanthropist spoke about her "angel" daughter, who has completed her family. "Belle is such a great little helper, bringing me nappies and asking lots of questions," said Katie. "I feel completely fulfilled having our two girls and think they're enough."
Speaking about her precious family time, Katie also told HELLO!: "I think the loveliest time in our house is probably a Sunday, because usually I don't work, my husband doesn't work, Belle's at home and we're all together enjoying each other's company. But it's not necessarily the quietest time. I think the quietest time would be on a Sunday, once she's had her bath and gone to bed and it's grown up time."
In an exclusive interview with the Mirror, Katie admitted that she doesn't hide what happened to her from her children. "What happened to me is open in our house,” she told the publication. "Around the house there are framed pictures of me in different stages of recovery. Belle's seen pictures of me with masks on my face and bandages. She asks me, 'What happened to you? Were you hurt? Are you OK?'.
"I tell her, 'I got burnt when I was younger, but I’m OK now.' And then she says, 'Well that’s really good.' And she'll always kiss it better. Belle's too young to go beyond the basics, into the hows and whys. But she knows what being burnt is and she knows if she touches an oven, it will burn because it’s hot."