Russell Watson’s marriage to wife 22 years younger than him

Russell Watson is one of the UK’s best known opera singers with a career spanning 25 years. His debut album won two BRIT awards and topped the charts for a record 52 weeks.

He has also appeared on the Masked Singer, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and performed at concerts like “A Voice For The Children” in aid of ChildLine.

The tenor, who shot to fame after starting out as a factory worker and bolt cutter used to earn extra cash singing in nightclubs before hitting the big time.

But what about his personal life?

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The singer has had several brain tumours

Russell is married to wife, Louise Harris, who he credits with transforming his life.

The pair began dating in 2010, after meeting by chance in a restaurant in Alderley Edge.

The singer suffered his fair share of heartache and personal challenges before finally finding love. Russell split from his wife Helen Watson in 2002, soon after releasing his first album.



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Russell went on to find love again with New York receptionist Roxanna Valerio, whom he met while on tour in the states in 2001. He proposed but the couple eventually went their separate ways in 2005.

There was another blow in store in 2007 after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour for a second time which was successfully removed in emergency surgery.

Since meeting Louise a decade ago the couple have been inseparable, despite a 22-year age gap.

Russell has two daughters from his first marriage – Rebecca, 26 and Hannah, 21.



Russell Watson with his wife Louise Harris

Louise who is just six years older than his daughter Rebecca. Addressing the gap in an interview with Hello! Russell said: “I wasn’t sure we’d have much in common, but we’re actually really similar.

“We share the same sense of humour.

“I’ve been in relationships before where people have tried to keep me down, as if to make sure I don’t get above myself. Louise makes me feel I can achieve anything.”



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The couple who married in Spain in 2015 also opened up about their fears over introducing Louise to Russell’s daughters.

“I was very worried about introducing the girls to Louise, because it was such a key moment in our relationship,” he said. “They first met her about three months after we started dating. I’d just started to have real feelings for Louise. I thought, ‘If they don’t gel with her, what do I do?'”

Following his health scare and recovery Russell said: “Because of my illness I have to avoid stress, and my relationship with Louise is so calm.

“We have niggles but it quickly washes over and it’s forgotten. I love her to bits.”

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