THREE times married Trisha Goddard has never bought an engagement ring.
But that changed when her secret lover of four years proposed by hiding a glitter inside a mandarin bag.
Showing off her glowing bust in an amusing Instagram post, featuring CeCe Peniston’s hit Finally, she surprised fans with news earlier this month.
“I’ve been to more than one toilet after a bad curry. We were all surprised,” said the 64-year-old mother of two.
“Especially because it happened out of nowhere while we were hiking. We used to go hiking every Sunday and he brought snacks – nuts, tangerines, Chupa Chups lollipops.
“He pulled out the officials and said, ‘Oh, I’ll get you this too’.”
The marriage proposal even brought the frankly speaking TV presenter to tears.
“Maybe the wind blowing in a certain direction makes my eyes gritty,” she admits.
Her American fiance – Trisha just called him #Boo and revealed he’s 4 years older than her – didn’t get on her knees.
“At our age, we would never get up again,” she said with a laugh.
“I always buy my own engagement rings. He was the first to buy me any amount of jewelry. He gave me a friendship bracelet and a pretty Tiffany ring with a ‘T’ on it because he’d heard me say no one had bought me a ring yet. It’s just friendship. “
Trisha – best known for her 1990s talk show – thought she would be alone for the rest of her days. “I spent years on my own and I thought, ‘That’s it, nobody dates women my age,'” she said.
“I’m not all, ‘Damn it, I’m on the shelf’. I just accept that as fact. I am not afraid of being alone. ”
Trisha married first husband Robert Nestdale in 1985 but the Australian then came out as gay and died of Aids in 1989. She married television producer Mark Greive, 61, in 1993. , has two daughters, Billie, now 30, and Madison, 26.
Trisha split from her third husband Peter Gianfrancesco, a psychotherapist, in 2015 after nearly two decades of marriage, officially filing for divorce in 2017.
“By 2014, we lived in different countries – he was in Australia, I was in the US, struggling to keep things together,” she said. It pretty much ended in early 2015.”
Before meeting her fiance four years ago, Trisha’s friend signed a talkRADIO host for a dating app. But the experience was traumatic.
“It’s one of those places where you get a ping if someone you’re connected to is nearby,” she explains. I’m wearing gym clothes and I’m drenched in sweat and it’s going to squeak. And let me tell you, those people don’t look like their pictures. They will be in the area and suddenly your blood is cold.
“I feel like some Bond girl being chased by bad guys all the time.”
Her mantra is to say “yes” to every invitation, but the road to finding love has its ups and downs.
“You can write a book about dating in later life,” she says. “It’s going to be a comedy – a very dark comedy.”
Trisha met #Boo after a mutual friend invited them to an equestrian gala. Wearing a pair of sparkly harem pants rather than an evening gown, she found an ally in the American businessman, who also didn’t quite fit.
At the time, he was a single father who had lost his wife to breast cancer. Trisha and #Boo moved in together in Connecticut just before the first lockdown in March 2020.
From making her cups of tea while she’s doing her weekly talkRADIO to giving her a bowl of chopped grapefruit for breakfast, he’s like a real treat. And they can’t have enough about each other.
“I have discovered a sex life!” she said, chuckling. “Yes. I’ve had one. I’ve met someone who knows what the hell they’re doing”.
Most of all, #Boo supported her. If ever Trisha encounters what #Boo believes to be racist, he will frankly call to complain to the management of wherever it happened.
She said: “He’s Jewish and I’m not saying in the slightest it’s the same, but whenever someone is part of a race or a face has the expression ‘against’ it, they will get some idea of what that’s like” else .
“I have never had that kind of support before in relationships. If I was asked to leave a place or made some horrible comments, previous partners would either feel embarrassed or they would say to me, ‘Just go’.
“For the first time, I was in a relationship as an adult where I wasn’t ashamed. I have someone who is proud of me. He’s championing me, he’s supporting me, and that makes me pretty emotional. He even made me buy magazines while I was in there so he could keep them.”
On their fourth marriage, Trisha said: “No one cares how many partners Rod Stewart or Mick Jagger has had. It is considered a sign of strength.
“But for a woman, it’s, ‘She can’t hold a man’ or, ‘She’s a bicycle. Of all my marriages, there was only one marriage that I wanted and that was because I didn’t want a second child out of wedlock.
Trisha, who was diagnosed with a deadly form of breast cancer in 2008 and was given the all-clear four years later, added: “I’m not saying everything was bad about those relationships but they do not agree at all.
“I wasn’t there at the time, I hadn’t experienced breast cancer then and that changes your whole life.”
Her own experience with the illness means she’s attached to #Boo over the loss of his wife.
“If you have to hold on to yourself because you think you’re going to die, or you have to hold someone else who’s dying, that’s a connection,” she said. We’ve both been through it, albeit from different sides. We do not take life lightly. We take care of each other.”
Her daughters are also happy that she has found someone to take care of her.
As for any wedding planning, however, Trisha – who has new series You Are What You Eat on Channel 5 on Wednesday – insists it’s still too early.
She said, “Let’s do one thing at a time. Through cancer, you learn not to look too far ahead. I’m really, really happy. No drama, touch the wood. ”
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