Cat Deeley Weds Comedian Patrick Kielty: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Her New Husband
The pair flew a handful of friends and family to Italy for the intimate ceremony in Rome over the weekend.
While reps for the couple have yet to confirm the happy news, many have been left questioning just who is this Irishman who has captured Deeley’s heart.
So, who is the 41-year-old comedian?
While relatively unknown in the States, Kielty has had an extensive career in the United Kimgdom as a comedian. However, the funny man recently made the move to Los Angeles, Calif. to be closer to Deeley.
So here are five things you didn’t know about the SYTYCD host’s beau:
1. The pair met on-set. Deeley and Kielty met on-set. While they only started dating around December last year, the pair first crossed paths in 2002 while hosting a BBC reality show called Fame Academy. The show was a cross between Big Brother and X Factor.
2. It was not love at first sight. Deeley and Kielty had been friends for close to a decade before they started dating in December. However, their love was almost over before it began when Deeley left Fame Academy to purse her career in Hollywood. A very upset Kielty made it clear he was not happy about Deeley’s move.
“Cat’s turned her back on us,” Kielty said at the time. “Good luck to her and her capitalism.”
3. Kielty tried to launch his career in the States before. In 2004, Kielty was signed to host Deal or No Deal when it was to air on ABC. Instead. NBC picked up the series with Canadian comedian Howie Mandel as host. He also did a pilot version of British quiz show, Stupid Punts, but it was never turned into a series.
4. He carried the Olympic torch through Northern Ireland for the 2012 Games. Kielty was bestowed the honor of running a leg of the torch’s journey through Northern Ireland. Due to the long-running conflict between Britain and Northern Ireland, the historic run by Kielty and other famous Irish, was significant.
5. Kielty has struggled to find the funny side of a tragic personal history. Kielty first made a name for himself in the comedy world by being willing to perform during some of the deadliest periods of the Northern Island Troubles — and even making jokes about terrorism and the ongoing conflict between the Loyalists — those wanting to stay part of the United Kingdom — and the IRA — those wanting an independent Northern Island.
The comedian managed to make such outragous jokes by drawing on own his own tragic past. His father was murdered by Loyalists believing Kielty’s father was a high ranking member of the IRA, an accusation which was later proven to be false. Kielty was just 16 when his father was gunned down in broad daylight.
“In a sense, that was my way of fighting back. I didn’t start doing comedy because of my father’s death, but it did give me a licence to make jokes against that backdrop of continuing violence,” Kielty told the Daily Mail.
“No one could tell me I didn’t know what I was talking about after my father was killed,” he also said. “But mine was not the only family in Northern Ireland to lose a husband or a father.”