Dermot O'Leary and Dee smiling at the ITV Palooza

Dermot O’Leary on wanting to live ‘normal life’ with wife Dee after friends ‘became prisoners in their own homes’

Dermot and Dee married in 2012

Dermot O’Leary – who is fronting coverage of Soccer Aid today (Sunday, June 9) – once opened up on why he is rarely seen out with his wife.

The 50-year-old This Morning star is married to Dee Koppang. They tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed a son, Kaspar, in 2020.

Dermot O'Leary and Dee at the ITV Palooza
Dermot and Dee tied the knot in 2012 (Credit:

Soccer Aid star Dermot O’Leary on living a ‘normal life’ with wife Dee

During an interview with The Sun back in 2019, Dermot spoke about wanting to avoid becoming a “public couple” with his wife, Dee.

“Oh god no, that’s my idea of hell. But at the same time I don’t want to hide my wife away! So I’m never going to turn down an invite for something really cool. Some mates of mine, largely in music, have almost become prisoners in their own homes. You can’t live like that,” he said.

“It’s about the neighbourhood you live in. If you embrace the greengrocers, the local store, the dry cleaners, you just become a face and part of a community. And that’s how you have a normal life,” he then continued.

Dermot O'Leary and Dee at a red carpet event
Dermot and Dee have been together a long time (Credit:

Dermot and Dee

TV star Dermot and Dee have been together for 22 years and now married for 12. They welcomed their first child together in 2020.

On the secret of his happy marriage, he said: “We don’t have the recipe, but it’s going well. It’s a work in progress, isn’t it? The key for me is giving each other space, not giving each other a hard time and actually having fun together. And we do.”

Dermot O'Leary emotional on This Morning
Dermot grew teary-eyed recently (Credit: ITV)

Soccer Aid host Dermot O’Leary moved to tears on This Morning

Last week saw Dermot moved to tears following an emotional interview on This Morning.

Dermot and Josie Gibson spoke to Harley and Freddie from Rotherham, who saved a man from suicide.

They were on the show to discuss how they saved a man from taking his own life on a local railway track and then proceeded to speak to him for an hour until help came.

During the chat, Dermot admitted he felt like crying and looked very emotional.

“You must be so proud, I mean, I feel – I’m crying now. You must be so proud of them,” he told the teens dad, Billy.

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Soccer Aid airs from 6pm on ITV1 and ITVX on Sunday, June 9. 

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Robert Emlyn Slater
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