Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen says booze and obedience is success to 37-year marriage

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who returned to screens in August with a rebooted version of Changing Rooms, has revealed the secrets behind his long-term marriage.

The 56-year-old TV icon attended the Together For Short Lives Ball on Tuesday and chatted exclusively to the Daily Star about his marvellous relationship with wife Jackie Bowen.

When asked what the secret to being together for 37 years is, Laurence said: "Total obedience."

His wife Jack then jumped in to say: "And gin."

Lauren then joked: "Obediently getting the gin."

Talking about the reboot of his Channel 4 show, he touched upon former presenter Carole Smilie – whose role he took over when the series began again in 2021.

It was rumoured Carole was a little put out by the producers' choice not to ask her back, but Laurence stated that she had taken it well.

He continued: "It would have been a danger that if she did come back it would have been like Jurassic Park.

Speaking about the Scottish host's career U-turn going from TV presenting to becoming a 'Human celebrant' in 2018, he poked fun at his former colleague.

Carole's new role involves conducting non-religious funerals, weddings other notable ceremonies.

Laurence quipped: "She now buries people in Scotland, so it's completely different anyway."

Jack then interrupted him to say: "No, she marries them!"

At the event, the Daily Star also caught up with Simon Cowell, who confirmed that he's changing the format of ITV show Britain's Got Talent; but he refused to confirm if he'd ever work with Piers Morgan again.

The music mogul used to sit on the judging panel with Piers on his hit ITV talent show BGT, as well as its American sibling show, America's Got Talent.

The ex-Good Morning Britain anchor even said he "wouldn't have had a career in America" without Simon as he put him on AGT when nobody had heard of him.

However, Simon and Piers have since gone their separate ways, leaving many wondering if the judging duo will ever reunite in front of the cameras again.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star at the Together For Short Lives Ball on Tuesday (November 9), Simon finally spoke about his former BGT pal Piers again, but he didn't have much to say.

When asked if he would ever work with Piers again, Simon left a long pause before he finally replied: "I'm not even going there."

Fans of Piers would be forgiven for getting excited though, because the broadcaster told the Mirror that he recently met up with Simon and they "chatted over a few options" in terms of future TV projects.

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