Lenny Henry on sad ‘real’ reason for split from Dawn French ‘in the end

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Dudley comedian Lenny Henry was once part of a huge comedy couple. The Comic Relief founder was happily married to Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French for 25 years before they parted ways in 2010. They have remained good friends and have both found love again with new partners. But what have they said about the reason they called time on their ‘very happy’ marriage? Dawn and Lenny first crossed paths when they both were members of Comic Strip back in the day, in 1980. The host of The Lenny Henry Show, now 65, and French and Saunders star, also 65, tied the knot four years on from their first meeting. Read more A Place in the Sun’s Scarlette Douglas told ‘go A&E’ over odd symptom in arm and leg Chatting about their grand wedding in Covent Garden, London, Lenny once said: “To my mind, if we weren’t going to get married in the right way – big church, reception, dress suits, food, friends and family jammed into a fancy-schmancy chi-chi hall with a big band and Big Al the DJ winding up the day’s events with a big disco – then we might as well not do it at all.” In 2010, the couple sadly announced they were calling it quits. Below, we delve into their shared journey, what they’ve themselves said about their breakup, and who they share their lives with nowadays. What led to the break up between Dawn French and Lenny Henry? The pair confirmed their split through a statement back in 2010. It read: “The separation is entirely amicable and they fully intend to maintain their close friendship. Their priority is to commit to the future joint parenting of their daughter.” There were rumours that Lenny cheated on Dawn in 1999, an allegation he denied. Lenny revealed to The Mirror in 2012 that he became closer to the couple’s adopted daughter, Billie, following the break-up. And some of the reasons behind the split were shared by Lenny in a 2014 interview with the Express newspaper. He said: “There’s generally a situation where one partner wants the marriage to finish more than the other. I think maybe one of us did, then the other one did, and then the other did over a period of time and then, in the end, we thought, ‘Oh, actually maybe we both do’. We knew it wasn’t possible to continue.” Dawn also chipped in on the matter with a joke that her pants caused the split as reported by the Sun newspaper also in 2014. She quipped: “Maybe I should have worn more interesting pants and I’d still be married to him.” She also added that their “very happy marriage” had now changed into a “lasting friendship”. Who are Lenny Henry and Dawn French’s new partners? Comedian Dawn found love with charity executive Mark Bignell who co-founded charity Hamoaze House in 2013. The charity supports recovering drug abusers and alcoholics to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society. They married in a beautiful ceremony that year and the couple live together in Cornwall. She called him a “keeper” after he presented her with a box of hearts on their anniversary this year. Lenny has been in a long-term relationship with theatre director Lisa Makin since 2013. Lenny Henry and Dawn French’s daughter In 1991 when she was only two weeks old, the couple adopted their daughter Billie. At the time, Dawn told news about her difficulty in conceiving naturally. In a heartfelt share with the Sunday Telegraph, Dawn revealed: “I had grief for a while. I did have miscarriages, so I’ve had grief about that as well.” She went on to express her feelings when Billie came, saying: “But the minute Billie arrived that was it for me. She fills everything I needed to be as a mother.” At present, Billie, who is now 31, stays near her mum in Cornwall. Nonetheless, Dawn confessed that their relationship isn’t always plain sailing. During a chat with the Daily Mail in 2015, Dawn elaborated: “Our relationship exists in a bizarre kind of process of peacetime, small battles, war. The peacetime is much more than the other two energies, but we have our wars. The love, thank God, is profound and I do thank God, because I love that kid so much that sometimes if I don’t like her or she doesn’t like me, we survive it.”

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