Anthea Turner reveals she’s postponed her wedding due to COVID-19 crisis as she and fiancé Mark Armstrong beam in their first joint shoot

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Anthea Turner has revealed she’s postponed her wedding until next year.

In this week’s HELLO! magazine, the host, 59, posed alongside fiancé Mark Armstrong in their first joint photoshoot together as she shared the couple’s wedding was set to take place in Italy this September, but their plans have now been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Blue Peter presenter also shed light on becoming engaged just after a two-month romance, turning 60, and feeling ‘blessed’ to spend the UK coronavirus lockdown with the tycoon, 55.

Change of plans: Anthea Turner has revealed she’s postponed her wedding until next year as she posed alongside fiancé Mark Armstrong in their first joint photoshoot together

‘Mark and I had planned to go out and look at venues in March and then set a date for September’, Anthea told the publication. 

On looking forward to eventually tying the knot in an intimate ceremony, the blonde added: ‘Mark is from Italy, his family are from Milan, so it seemed the perfect place for us. 

‘It will be next year now. I am not even in any angst about it. When we do it, it will be small and cute, just with our close friends and family.’

The TV veteran was previously married to ex-husband Grant Bovey for 13 years, but the couple split after he cheated on her with a woman half her age in 2013.

‘Something tells you this is so right, you just know’: The former Blue Peter presenter, 59, also shed light on becoming engaged just after a two-month romance in a new interview

 Moving on: The TV veteran was previously married to ex-husband Grant Bovey for 13 years, but the couple split after he cheated on her in 2013 (pictured in 2012)

Anthea’s first marriage was to her manager, former DJ Peter Powell, in 1990, with the couple splitting up eight years later. 

On finally finding The One, the media personality gushed about her man of 11 months, who planned a trip to Rome for her birthday later this month: ‘Mark is the absolute love of my life, we adore each other. 

‘He makes me smile every day and we are excited about our life together. Sometimes, when you are a bit older and you have lived, something tells you this is so right, you just know. 

‘People might say why do you have to get married, or why would you want to. It is because I do believe in marriage, and I can’t think of a nicer person to be with for the rest of my life. 

‘I think 60 is more of a milestone birthday than turning 50’: The news anchor also detailed her thoughts about entering a new decade

‘I’ve always said I would get married again, I knew I would meet someone, that I would not be on my own. I definitely never put up the shutters to finding love again, with “keep away” tattooed on my forehead.’ 

Available: Read the full article in Hello! magazine out now

The news anchor also detailed her thoughts about entering a new decade, insisting: ‘I think 60 is more of a milestone birthday than turning 50. We’d like to think it’s not as we live in an ageless society, but it truly is. Do I feel any different? 

‘No, I don’t feel any different to when I was 50, not at all. I’m not a big one for raking over the past, I absolutely live for now. I never wish I could go back to a time in my past.’  

Elsewhere in the interview, the TV star said she’s thinking of her close pal Kate Garraway, 55, whose husband Derek Draper, 52, is fighting for his life as he continues to battle coronavirus after seven weeks in ICU. 

‘I am blessed to be with Mark but I am mindful of all those in hospital and others who have lost jobs’, Anthea shared. 

‘I am not sure what “normal” is going to be when we all come back from this, but it won’t be a big fanfare, I think we will all find pleasure in just a quiet supper with friends.’ 

Read the full article in Hello! magazine out now. 

‘I am blessed to be with Mark’: the TV star said she’s thinking of her close pal Kate Garraway, 55, whose husband Derek Draper, 52, continues to battle coronavirus (pictured in December)

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