Richard Madeley has only been at I’m a Celebrity castle for four days, and he already feels like he’s missing a limb, namely his wife for 35 years, Judy Finnigan.
Poor Richard was in solitary confinement for two weeks before he even headed to camp, and he misses Judy terribly.
Married in 1986, the two are so inseparable that they even had their own self-titled TV show from 2001 to 2009.
This is the longest time they have ever spent apart, and the first year Richard has missed their wedding anniversary.
“Sunday, which is when the first show comes out, is actually our 35th wedding anniversary,” she said.
“So this is going to be the first wedding anniversary I’ve missed and it’s important. I gave her a gift before I left and a card that will open the same day. We will really miss each other. I will miss her very much.
“I spend every day of my life with her, working with her or around the house. So yeah, I already feel strangely sprained. She’s my right arm and she’s not here.”
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Their daughter, 34-year-old Chloe Madeley, also spoke of her parents’ intense bond, arguing that the amount of time they spend together “isn’t normal.”
“I grew up watching my parents do everything together,” she told Woman’s Own.
Discussing how Judy felt about him being gone for potentially months, Richard admitted that “he wasn’t exactly jumping for joy up the stairs.”
But he explained his reasons for doing the show, and she agreed that it might be good for him, encouraging her husband to “give it a try.”
This is the longest period of time Richard, 65, and Judy, 73, have been separated “by far,” but it’s certainly not the most difficult obstacle they’ve faced in their decade-long union.
They first met in 1982, when Richard joined in Granada to present along with Tony Wilson and Judy, who at eight years his senior was the most experienced journalist, greeting him with the words: “Hi, I’m your mom” .
“I remember the first time I saw him. He walked into the office and I was sitting at my desk on the other side,” Judy recalled of their fateful first meeting.
“I remember exactly what he was wearing: a pale blue linen suit. I thought it was cute. Tall, beautiful and all, but I thought the dress was a little flashy. Then, as he was a beginner, I was assigned the job. to take care of him, “she told The Mirror.
“I was sitting at my desk when this hand appeared on my shoulder and I looked at this face and Judy said, ‘Hi, I’m your mom’ and I thought ‘What is it?'” Revealed Richard, who already had a crush on Judy after seeing her on TV.
Explaining the joke, he continued: “In Granada, when someone new came, someone was named their dad or mom to guide them: the canteen, the bathrooms and everything else. So Judy was my ‘mom’.”
The attraction was obvious, but Judy was married to reporter David Henshaw and Richard was in the process of separating from first wife Lynda.
They went out for dinner one night and their relationship began, although they both insisted it was more than just a “sordid office relationship”.
“[Colleagues at Granada] I thought it was frivolous but it was nothing of the sort. It was actually very painful because we were so much in love, but it was very difficult, “recalled Richard.
From their third date he knew he wanted to marry Judy, but at 26 she feared he wasn’t ready to be the stepfather of her six-year-old twins Dan and Tom.
“I had to be absolutely convinced that Richard was mature enough and confident enough in his own mind that my kids weren’t going to get hurt,” Judy said.
“When we first met, I remember my mother saying to him, ‘If you hurt those kids, I’ll never forgive you.'”
Judy, then 34, nullified things, prompting a devastated Richard to retire to Greece for two weeks in the summer of 1984 armed with a bag of step-parent books to do some inner research.
“I knew Dan and Tom very well and they were great, they were terribly sweet, so I took it very seriously. In the end I obviously knew I could do it, I wanted to do it,” she said.
It took Judy a year to make up her mind, though.
Richard was over the moon when he finally made his choice – and it was him.
The first thing they did as a couple was take the twins to Cornwall for a week, with the county becoming so special to them that they would end up living there years later.
But sadly their happiness soon turned to tragedy when Judy’s first pregnancy ended in miscarriage and she was forced to deliver their baby.
Opening the devastating leak for the 2018 Channel 4 documentary Child of Mine, Richard recalled how they went for a routine scan at 16 weeks, only to be told their baby was dead.
He recalled: “It was absolutely devastating: no warning; not before, polite, indication of the possibility of a catastrophe.
“Our baby had just died. And he was still in Judy’s womb.
“She was kept in the hospital overnight for a second scan ‘just to be absolutely safe’ and then underwent induced labor.
“My heart broke for her as I waited outside the delivery room. What a terrible experience: going through the motions of childbirth, knowing what the sad outcome would be.”
Once the couple recovered, their boyfriend Jack, 35, arrived in 1986, and just as Judy was returning from maternity leave, she found out she was expecting daughter Chloe.
A hormonal imbalance then triggered postnatal depression and after years of gynecological problems she was forced to undergo a hysterectomy in 1998 – something she feared would destroy her famous sexual bond with Richard.
In fact, the HRT she was on killed her passion so much that they had to sleep in separate beds while she recovered from the surgery.
In 1988, Richard and Judy revived This Morning with a journalistic background and natural chemistry, but their rise in popularity also triggered a surge in false and cruel gossip – the worst of it being that she was an alcoholic and he was a drunkard. violent.
“We went away for a week in Cornwall with our children, and the cell phone went into the car,” Richard told the Guardian after hearing the hurtful rumors.
“It was our bosses in Granada who said there was a terrible rumor that you are in a self-help institution for men who beat their wives because you beat Judy, that Judy is in a drying clinic and that the kids are being treated. We were in the fucking car, “he said.
“We tracked down the source … A particularly poisonous person. He had leaked these libels and they never got published because we would have cleaned up in a libel case. But the only thing that’s left as a floating slurry is this thing that drinks Judy. And she doesn’t. “
Both sides admit their “jealous and passionate” relationship, and if one of them were unfair, it would be catastrophic.
“I think it’s amazing that I’ve been lucky enough to meet the woman I love. I know happy marriages come in different shapes and forms, but I love the fact that we’re both possessive of each other,” Richard told The Mirror. .
“If Judy or I were in a relationship, it would be the end.”
“I can’t bear to think about it,” he agreed. “We both think the other is the most precious thing in the world. A good marriage is a blessing.”
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