John Whaite Secretly Marries Long Term Partner Paul Atkins

Former Strictly Come Dancing finalist John Whaite revealed that he and his partner of more than 15 years, Paul Atkins, recently tied the knot in New York.

On Thursday evening, John shared a simple Instagram post confirming that he and Paul had celebrated their “big day in the Big Apple” along with a series of black-and-white wedding photos.

Elaborating further on her Instagram story, the Great British Bake Off winner shared that she and Paul had “decided to take advantage of the spousal ISA allowance”.

John Whaite and new husband Paul Atkins while appearing on Lorraine last yearJohn Whaite and new husband Paul Atkins while appearing on Lorraine last year

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John first rose to fame in the third series of Bake Off in 2012.

In the following decade, John enjoyed a media career that saw him front cooking segments on a variety of different shows, before signing up to Strictly in 2021.

On the show, he and Johannes Radebe made history as the first pair consisting of two men, and the first same-sex dancing couple to make it to the final of Strictly.

Recently, John spoke candidly about how his time on Strictly – and his feelings for Johannes – has affected his relationship with Paul, to whom he has been engaged since 2017.

The pair then “spent time apart” shortly after John’s time on Strictly ended, before reuniting, John wrote about in his 2023 memoir Dancing On Eggshells.

Although John has admitted that he and Johannes are no longer close, which was a conscious decision on his part, the Strictly pro was the first to comment on his former dance partner’s post, writing: “Huge congratulations.”

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe performing together on the Strictly tour in 2022John Whaite and Johannes Radebe performing together on the Strictly tour in 2022

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John’s post was accompanied by a quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy that he gave when equal marriage became law in the US less than a decade ago.

The quote reads: “There is no union more profound than marriage, for marriage embodies the highest ideals of love, loyalty, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than before.

“As several petitioners in this case have pointed out, marriage embodies a love that can endure even after death. If it is said that they do not respect the idea of ​​marriage, then there will be misunderstandings between men and women.

“Their plea is that they truly respect it, respect it so much that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is that they will not be condemned to a life of loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity before the law. The Constitution gives them that right.”

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