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Richard Madeley's first marriage confession

Richard Madeley's first marriage confession
Richard Madeley's first marriage confession

Talkshow host Richard Madeley has admitted that he cheated on his first wife Lynda with 10 other women. Madeley - who has become famous for his onscreen partnership with his second wife Judy Finnegan - confessed to his infidelities during an interview on ITV1's Piers Morgan's Life Stories. "I’d have to draw a veil over some of the reasons for it happening," he said. "I was very lonely and I think I clung to Lynda. We’d only lived together for a while and then we got married – I pushed for it – and then my dad died." "In any marriage that would have been a very bad start and it quickly became clear to both of us that we weren’t suited at all and things started to fall apart. "Although the marriage had some very happy moments, there was a lot of negativity in it. I’m not using that as an excuse. It’s wrong to have affairs, but I was a very young man." Richard was 21 when he married Lynda - who was eight years older than him - in 1977. The couple were still married when he first met Judy five years later. He also revealed in the interview how he cried when he was arrested for shoplifting in 1994. "I was in bits," he said, admitting that he thought it could destroy his career. "I knew I was in big trouble if I was convicted." The whole interview can be seen on ITV1 on Sunday at 10pm.

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