Newlywed Dawn French reveals Lenny rows

Dawn French has opened up about the end of her long marriage to Lenny Henry, after which they've remained friends despite alcohol-fueled rows.

The Vicar Of Dibley star, whose marriage to Lenny ended in divorce in 2010, wed Mark Bignell in a Cornish seaside town in April.

She told Australian TV show A Current Affair that the 'awful thing' about dating was having to don 'tight underwear'.

She said: "We would all like to be in a nice comfy bra and nice big pants and when you are in a secure relationship you can do that."

She joked: "I'm in the big pants again. I'm in a happy relationship. I'm in the Bridget Jones's!"

Dawn said that she and Lenny, who she was with for 30 years, remained friends.

Speaking of the divorce, she said: "Bit tricky at the end, bit sad, bit of a shame, but at all times the ending of it was a tribute to the way it had always been, with great kindness and massive respect for each other and an understanding that we share a daughter.

"And so we must behave in a civil way and we have no desire to do anything other than that. Words were had. Everything that needed to be said was said behind closed doors, loudly, fuelled by alcohol, a lot of it. We certainly vented.

"But having done that, then we looked after each other and that's the point... We started as friends and that's how we finished it."


Patrick McLennan

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