He’s the former royal butler honing his survival skills on Australia’s version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
And on Thursday’s episode, Paul Burrell revealed his heartbreak over coming out as gay to his ex-wife Maria Cosgrove and their children, Alexander, 27, and Nicholas, 24, in a candid ‘Jungle Radio’ interview.
In a one-on-one with Network Ten personality Steve Price, Princess Diana’s former confidant confessed that breaking the news to his children ‘broke his heart’.
Candid: Paul Burrell revealed his heartbreak over coming out as gay to his ex-wife and their children in a candid ‘Jungle Radio’ interview on Australia’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
Paul explained that while he and Maria were separated at the time, telling her about his sexuality was difficult.
‘I love my wife, still to this day. She’s the mother of my children,’ Paul said. ‘When I had to confront her we were already separated. And I told her first, before I told the boys, and she said, “Well, I didn’t expect you to marry someone quite so soon”.’
Paul and Maria separated in 2016 after 32 years of marriage.
The 59-year-old subsequently announced he was tying the knot with partner Graham Cooper.
‘I love my wife, still to this day’: On Thursday’s episode, the former royal butler sat down for a one-to-one chat with Network Ten personality Steve Price (left)
Paul and Graham walked down the aisle in May 2017, just one month after Paul publicly acknowledged for the first time he was gay.
He went on to explain that telling Nicholas and Alexander about his sexuality caused him to break down in tears – but the boys took the news surprisingly well.
‘It broke my heart,’ he said. ‘I didn’t want to upset them. I didn’t want them to feel that I was less than their father.’
Split: Paul and Maria separated in 2016 after 32 years of marriage. They are pictured with sons Alexander and Nichols
New beginnings: The 59-year-old subsequently announced he was tying the knot with partner Graham Cooper(l) with the pair walking down the aisle in May 2017
He continued: ‘I sat outside with them and I said to them, “I’ve got something to tell you,” and I broke down. I’m an emotional guy. I broke down and couldn’t get the words out.
‘They said, “Dad, tell us what’s wrong. Tell us.” And I said, “I want to tell you that I’m going to marry a man.” And one of them said, I can’t remember which one, “Thank God for that, we thought you were dying!”‘
Paul, who admitted that he knew he was gay since puberty, said he resisted his sexuality and saw a heterosexual marriage as a ‘normal’ path.
‘I really wanted to get married. I wanted to fall in love with the right girl. I wanted a family, and I never looked back.’
‘I didn’t want to upset them. I didn’t want them to feel that I was less than their father’: Paul described the moment he told his sons, 27 and 24, that he was going to marry a man