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Matt Lucas has become a much-loved member of the Great British Bake Off family, delivering well-timed puns and distracting the bakers from their masterpieces alongside Noel Fielding.
The actor and comedy legend, 47, has appeared on Bake Off since 2020, but rose to fame in the 1990s after appearing on Shooting Stars.
He went on to write and co-star in sketch show Little Britain, alongside David Walliams.
Off screen, Matt is a relatively private person who keeps the intimate details about his life away from the public.
But something he has been very open about is the heart-breaking loss of his ex husband Kevin, and the time that followed.
Is Matt Lucas in a relationship?
Matt’s current relationship status is not known, although it is believed he is single, according to Daily Express.
He was previously in a civil partnership with TV producer Kevin McGee.
Who was Matt Lucas’ husband Kevin McGee?
Kevin worked for Carbon Media, which is a branch of TV company Princess Productions.
He worked on shows like The Real Little Britain, Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05, Jump Britain and The Morning After Show.
They married in a civil ceremony in December 2006, four years after they began dating. They had a star-studded guest list, with attendees including Paul O’Grady, Courtney Love and Sir Elton John.
However, they divorced just 18 months after their wedding, and later heartbreak struck again.
The TV producer, who struggled with drug addiction and depression, was found dead at his flat in Edinburgh in October 2009.
At the time Matt opened up about how he dealt with the loss, telling Sunday Times magazine: “I think people respond in all different ways to grief.
“I thought I was very conscientious going to a bereavement counsellor and not turning to drink, which I hardly ever do — I probably have six units a year.
“I’m not going to start smoking again, I'm not going to do drugs.
"But I ended up eating lots and having lots of sex. That was how I responded. As much as anything I was trying to distract myself."
He went on to explain how he suffered extreme chills before deciding to leave the UK in 2021.
Matt said: "I wanted to build a new life. The first thing (they say) when something as terrible as that happens is not to do anything radical.
"Don’t immediately sell your house when someone dies, don’t get a new job. But enough time had gone by for me to think now was the time to move on.
"I thought I had to go somewhere warm, so I went to California."
Matt shared a tribute to his ex husband on the 10th anniversary of his death in 2019.
He wrote on Instagram: "This is Kevin John McGee, who died 10 years ago today.
"I loved him more than anyone I've ever met, and still do. He was so funny and silly and clever and kind and handsome, and his smile made my heart soar.
"We were together for nearly six years and he made me the happiest man on the planet. In the end, he lost his battle with addiction and depression. I guess some people don't have the armour for this world.
"I think of him probably a hundred times a day, every day. In truth, I think of little else.
"I would give anything to see him again and maybe one day I will, but for now, I will be grateful for the time we had together and the love we shared. It was like no other."
The Great British Bake Off returns Tuesdays at 8pm.
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