Paul O’Grady is building huge gym and dance studio at £3m mansion for ballet star husband – The Sun
PAUL O'Grady wants to splash out on major additions to his £3million mansion including a new dance studio for his husband Andre Portasio.
The For the Love of Dogs presenter, 64, is planning on building a gym and dance studio, completed with sound system and 8ft fitted mirror for his 40-year-old ballet star husband.
Paul has put in a planning request to build the facilities on his property which would include separate groundkeeper's outbuilding with a workshop, entry lobby and toilet.
If all goes to plan, Andre's dance studio would boast a kitchenette, a fixed 2.5m mirror and bathroom with a green sedum roof to blend in with the surroundings.
The couple lives on a sprawling property near Kent which features, a fruit orchard, outdoor swimming pool and summer house.
But because his property is close to an ancient woodland and local nature reserve, Paul has had to get a preliminary ecology survey to make sure the development won't affect the habitats of protected species – such as, great crested newts – in the area.
In the report the Blind Date Host and his planning agents argued, "the site's potential to support protected species and habitats has been assessed and appropriate recommendations have been provided.
"Development of the site will have no deleterious effect on designated sites of conservation importance, ancient woodland or Habitats of Principal Importance HPI)."
According to reports, Paul paid £650,000 for the property in 1999, but it's value now is estimated to be about £3million.
Andre and Paul married in 2017 after first getting together in 2006.
Andre used to perform with the English National Ballet and the pair got hitched in a 30-minute ceremony in the gardens of The Goring Hotel in London in front of famous guests such as, Ian McKellen, Michael Cashman and comedian Julian Clary.
Before he hit the big time, TV star Paul performed as Lily Savage in the 80s.
He started off working the drag circuit with his act across pubs and clubs, and as he grew popular he eventually toured the country.
From 1989 to 1992, Paul performed annually as Lily at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, gaining increasing recognition for his act.
Paul followed this with a show titled Lily Savage Live from the Hackney Empire, which proved to be a sell-out.
Once he had gained national success, Paul was then asked to bring his act to mainstream TV.
He made guest appearances on TV programmes like The Bill and Brookside.
But it was when he took over from the late Paula Yates on The Big Breakfast from 1995 to 96 that he really hit the big time.
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