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I’m a Celebrity: meet Paul Burrell’s husband Graham Cooper

Paul Burrell is in a relationship with lawyer Graham Cooper

Paul Burrell and husband Graham Cooper
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
25 April 2023
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Paul Burrell is back in the I’m a Celebrity jungle, this time in South Africa, and fans are loving Princess Diana’s former butler back on their screens. The TV personality has often spoken about his time working for the royal - but how much do you know about his personal life? Find out more about his husband Graham Cooper here… 

Paul came out as gay back in 2016, shortly after confirming that he and his wife, Maria Cosgrove, were divorcing. He tied the knot with Graham in 2017, and the pair have been happily married ever since. Speaking about meeting his husband, Paul told The Mirror: “I was coming from an appointment in London on the train which I shouldn't have been on, he was coming from Euston to Crewe on a train he shouldn't have been on. 

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“The moment I saw him I knew he was the one. When I saw Graham, I knew. And I thought, 'If I let you go, if I let you leave this train, I may never see you again. I'm not willing to take the chance.'"

He revealed that as Graham passed him, Paul said: “Are you going to leave your number?” adding: “In his hand, he had his business card. He was already going to leave it on the table." Aw!

Paul Burrell is in the I'm a Celebrity jungle once more© Getty
Paul Burrell is in the I'm a Celebrity jungle once more

Speaking about their wedding, he told The Sun: “Everything about the day has been perfect, made even more wonderful by the fact that my two sons were here to share the occasion. There's no more hiding my unbridled happiness now.

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"Life is about being true to who you are and, for the first time ever, I'm able to stand proudly beside my husband and say, 'This is who I am.'"

Paul Burrel with his ex-wife Maria and two sons© Getty
Paul Burrel with his ex-wife Maria split in 2016

Paul shares two sons with his ex-wife, Maria, with their lawyers confirming that the decision was a “mutual” one and the pair “remain the best of friends”.

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