Inside Bradley Walsh’s 24-year marriage to wife Donna Derby – from her 80s pop fame to why he’s her ‘shoulder to cry on’

AFTER a long, hard day quizzing people on The Chase, Bradley Walsh returns home to his wife of 24 years, Donna Derby.

While Bradley might be a household name now, it was actually Donna who made a name for herself first in a pop video during the 1980s.

Here we reveal everything you need to know about Bradley and Donna’s marriage, and how she became his shoulder to cry on…

How long have Bradley and Donna been together?

The couple met in 1992.

They tied the knot five years later in 1997, and have now been married for 24 years.

In 2005 he famously grabbed her breasts on the red carpet.

What Bradley says about his wife

Bradley told Huffington Post the thing that keeps him most grounded is "my wife especially.

"Without a shadow of a doubt."

Asked what he brings to the relationship, Bradley added: “I try to bring love, stability and reliability. And a shoulder to cry on, or a shoulder to lean on.”

He also told The Mirror: "I wouldn't swap my missus for the world.

"Donna isn't just beautiful, she's the most fantastic wife and mother."

Bradley credits his wife for making him join Coronation Street in 2004 as he had reservations given the distance it would put in their relationship.

"She is the one who recognised what it could do for me even though it would mean being apart."

What does Donna do?

Donna is a choreographer and former dancer, having choreographed routines on Miss World which is presented by her son.

She became famous for dancing in Robert Palmer's 1980s hit record Simply Irresistible.

A post shared by Holly Willoughby (@hollywilloughby)

Back in 2017 Holly Willoughby shared a video of herself and Donna dancing to the iconic 80s hit.

Captioning the post, she wrote: “Me and the original #robertpalmergirl babe #Donna … who happens to be #bradleywalsh wife!!!!!”

In the late 1980s she also appeared in The Kenny Everett Television Show, so she's had a long career in showbiz.

How many kids do they have together?

Donna has one son with Bradley, and Bradley has a daughter from a previous relationship.

Their son Barney is 24 years old and has followed in his mother and father’s showbiz footsteps.

In 2017 and 2018 he worked as a presenter for Miss World and toured with the Beauty With A Purpose project.

He's also a patron of the children's cancer charity Smiles with Grace.

His acting credits include Doctors, Law & Order: UK and King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.

He starred with his dad in an ITV series called Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad which saw them travel around the US and Europe.

The mother of Bradley's daughter Hayley is Bernie Nolan, who passed away in 2013.

Hayley is 39 years old and has a good relationship with Donna despite not being blood related.

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