Patrick Kielty flew 5,000 miles to woo his future wife Cat Deeley.
But behind the charm lies the tragedy of his father’s death in 1988, killed by Ulster Loyalists.
Despite the chemistry between them, both were seeing other partners, and did not get together for another 10 years.
Patrick did admit that being friends first made the transition to being in a relationship less awkward for the pair.He said: ‘I come on shows like this just to prove that I’ve been here, so just to be on a long-haul flight with four gin and tonics and a Disney movie, have a little cry and a sleep.’ So this whole thing was just a ruse hey Patrick?The second series of Debatable returns on April 17 on BBC Two."And the thing I love about Patrick is that he'd say I was the lucky one, and he's right, I am."You can't ever guarantee you are going to find the right person - I'm just very lucky it happened to me." They have been married for five years and live between Los Angeles, Belfast and London depending on which shows they are each working on.