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Former EastEnders star Lee Ryan announces marriage to Verity Paris in intimate ceremony

"I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life."

Congratulations are in order for former EastEnders star Lee Ryan and partner Verity Paris, who have tied the knot.

Former Blue singer Lee and Verity – who was previously a contestant on The X Factor – have been together for two years, and share a child together.

Revealing that the couple got married at a small ceremony in Gibraltar to The Sun, Lee admitted he is "the happiest [he's] ever been".

"I met someone finally who loves and supports me in everything I do," he said. "Verity is a beautiful, strong and loving woman who I treasure, and I'm a lucky man to have such a wonderful mother for my child, and now wife in her.

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"I've never been more calm and grounded and I have Verity to thank for that. I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life because of the wonderful family life I now have."

Lee and Verity welcomed their first baby together last year, who is also Lee's third child after daughter Bluebell and son Rayn from previous relationships.

Speaking after Verity's pregnancy was announced last year, the EastEnders star told Hello!: "I'm so excited. I love being a dad; there is nothing better than that. It's the most amazing thing in the world.

"We have a better quality of life out here (in new home Costa del Sol) to bring up a child. I was in London for 20 years and I had a lot of fun but as I get older I feel like I just want to put my slippers on."

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He added: "I love going for walks along the ocean front and breathing in the sea air. For us, this is a new lease of life. We took out Spanish residency before Brexit and we will be having Spanish lessons and our daughter will have dual passports."

Lee previously played the role of Harry 'Woody' Woodward between 2017 and 2018, and also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018. Verity was a contestant on The X Factor in 2009.

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