Graham Norton, Never Been Married, Talks About Gay Marriages: No Relationship After Split With Partner
It is always a bold move to stand up for what belongs to you. We can hear many such gay men talking about the rights they shouldn't be deprived of. Gay marriage comes foremost in the list. Graham Norton too seems to be in favor of this move.
Though always a staunch supporter of gay marriage, Graham hasn't been the luckiest when the matter pertains to him. His search for love, following his split from his most recent partner, drove him to Tinder.
Did the talk show host stint at the infamous dating app proved fruitful? Or better yet, did he get married off the stated app?
Gay Icon Graham Norton Dating Again? History With Partners Revealed
Graham Norton was in a relationship with Trevor Patterson.
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The couple started dating in 2011 but eventually got separated in 2013 because Trevor couldn’t deal with Graham’s excessive drinking habit and the act of prioritizing his two dogs before Trevor.
Graham Norton and Trevor Patterson attend the Grey Goose Winter Ball in London, England on November 10, 2012 (Photo: gettyimages.com)
In an interview with the Dailymail in 2013, Graham’s ex-partner/boyfriend discussed the heartbreak, he went through, when they split. He said,
‘He could drink up to four bottles of wine in an evening. I can’t do it and struggled to cope without a good night’s sleep. Sometimes I said no, but he would always go out. He loves to drink and it’s usually sauvignon blanc, champagne and vodka and tonic. Even if we stayed home he would have some wine and told me he liked to have a glass before his show to help take the edge off.”
This split seemed to have impacts on Trevor only as Graham, shortly after the breakup, began dating Andrew Smith.
Graham Norton and Andrew Smith attending the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015, in London England (Photo: gettyimages.com)
Graham was dating his music marketing consultant boyfriend, Andrew Smith, but eventually, this relation couldn't last either. The couple broke up during the summer of 2015, and this left Graham shattered and heartbroken.
After some months, Graham said during a chat with his Radio 2 co-presenter, Maria McErlane that he would now prefer to stay and live alone for the rest of his days. In his own words:-
“You have your own rules as you get older. I would prefer to live alone for the rest of my life rather than live with towels that were folded incorrectly. Petty is important. That’s why marriages break up. Marriages don’t break up because of big things.”
Previously, the BBC personality had dated producer and writer Scott Michaels for five years between 1995 and 2000. Much like his relationships with his former partners Andrew and Trevor, this too met a tragic end.
How Far Along Is Graham Norton From Getting Married?
It is clear that Graham does not wish to get married and remain as a single gay man, but something came up that didn’t add up to his words. According to The Sun, this Irish radio presenter, and comedian was spotted on Tinder app in search for love.
After a year of going on so-called Tinder dates, it seems as though that the 55-year-old has had enough of the dating app. In September 2018 interview with Closer Magazine, he explained how "there's a law diminishing returns on Tinder" and had deleted it two years ago. He further added:-
“I met a few people and thought, ‘God, there are a lot of broken people in the world and I don’t really need to meet them.’ I don’t need to be part of their damage.”
He echoed a similar sentiment when he sat down for an interview with Journalist Katie Couric five months earlier, in June 2018. He quipped:-
“I couldn’t do Grindr, because you know, of what it is, and I work for the BBC and I felt Tinder was socially acceptable, I could do Tinder, but no more."
And in another instance, Graham bemoaned about having a tough time finding a partner to get married. In 2015 interview with The Sunday Mirror, he explained:-
“If I were a straight man, my female partner would have a role in the eyes of society. She would be the mother of my children, my hostess, the person on my arm at red carpet events. She would have a defined function. But that’s not the case if your partner is male. Every man – no matter how young or fey – has something of the alpha in him.”
However, this doesn't mean that the BBC personality is against gay marriage.
Graham Norton's Views On Gay Marriage
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Graham is one of the most vocal supporters of same-sex marriage.
In a 2016 interview with Hot Press, he has talked about same-sex marriage citing the fear of gay marriage as a homophobia adjacent. He said, meaning it towards the Ireland government,
“If they really want to be pedantic, I suppose a fear of gay marriage isn’t actually homophobia, but it’s homophobia adjacent; it’s not far off. So I think it was incredibly disingenuous of them to take legal action against RTÉ and Panti. It’s embarrassing for everybody.”
As for coming to terms with his sexuality, Graham certainly had second thoughts and even feared a backlash. His admission came forth in October 2018 interview with ITV's This Morning, where he quipped:-
“There were gay bars in Dublin and Cork but I didn’t know. And also I wasn’t even sure that I was [gay]. Those realizations come to you suddenly, because you don’t want to be. So you’re kind of thinking: ‘Oh maybe I’m not.'
There's no denying that over time the Dublin native has chosen to no longer live under the shadow of somebody he is not.
TV Show Host Graham Norton's Mini Bio
Graham Norton was born on April 4, 1963, in Dublin, Ireland and currently ages 53 years old. He went to the University College, Cork where he studied French and English but did not complete it; however, he did receive an honorary decorate from University College.
He moved to BBC in 2005 where he hosted the Saturday evening reality TV series Strictly Dance Fever on BBC One. In 2011, Graham started to present his show on BBC America called Would You Rather…? with Graham Norton.
Graham also serves as a commentator for BBC’s Your Country Needs You. Currently, Graham presents BBC One’s show Let it Shine alongside Gary Barlow.