Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood has revealed that if his wife hadn’t left him, he would still be married to a woman and have children by now.
The gay TV judge is engaged to trainee paramedic Jonathan Myring and the couple plan to tie the knot in two years’ time.
But in the 1990s Craig fell in love with his friend and flatmate Jane.
The couple married and were keen to start a family together.
“If that relationship had worked out, I could have seen a life where I would have been married to a woman and had kids, without a shadow of a doubt,” Craig told Kaye Adams on her How to Be 60 podcast.
“It’s who you meet along the way and what changes it, it’s quite
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Craig, 58, was married to Welsh-born Jane from 1990-1992 and the couple lived together in London, but after she had an affair with a mutual friend, he moved out.
He said: “I wish I’d had kids.
"The reason I got married the first time was for that specific
reason, but that didn’t work out, because she fell in love with someone else and so that’s why that ended.
“But that would have been my opportunity and her opportunity and I think that’s why we made a love bond together in that way – that’s basically what we wanted, because we felt our time was running out. She was 30, I was 25 and we felt we’d better get on with it.”
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After the marriage broke up, Craig went on to have relationships with men and met fiancé Jonathan, 36, on a dating app in 2018.
The couple, who live together in the East Midlands, got engaged in 2020 and plan to marry at their home on Craig’s 60th birthday.
The former dancer, currently playing Miss Hannigan in a nationwide tour of Annie, also told How to be 60 that he had intended to retire ten years ago.
He said: “I’d set up a plan to retire when I was exactly 50. I was doing Miss Saigon at the time in the West End and I thought: ‘I don’t want to be doing this for the rest of my life.’
“I was looking forward to old age, I was looking forward to getting fat and not having to diet, or exercise or dance anymore.
“Dancing is a really difficult profession and a hard life and it becomes quite tiring by the time you’re 30.
"You’re dancing up against 16 and 17 year olds and their legs are going higher, faster and stronger.
"I felt like their father when I was auditioning.”
Craig said that landing the job as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 was one of the reasons he hadn’t followed through with his retirement plans.
He explained: “I remained luckily within the dance world and wonderfully the last 20 years as a judge, which is nice, because I get to sit down and just hold paddles.
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“I was very lucky to get that job. And I’m now coming up to 60 and I still haven’t retired.”
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