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Vernon Kay reveals he didn’t have his first kiss until sixth form in I’m A Celebrity campfire confession

VERNON Kay revealed he didn't have his first kiss until he was in sixth form as he opened up about being a late bloomer on I'm A Celebrity.

The former Family Fortunes host said his first kiss happened when he was 17 or 18 at the end of Wigan Pier and was horrific because he was "like a washing machine".

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"My first kiss was in, it must have been upper sixth," he told his campmates.

"And it got to the point where I was like, 'I've just got to kiss someone.'

"It was just at Wigan Pier at the back and I was horrific, I was like a washing machine."

However, Vernon made up for lost time when he started dating his wife Tess Daly in 2000.

The Strictly Come Dancing host, 51, wed Vernon back in 2003, with the pair later renewing their vows in France five years ago.

Taking to Instagram last week, Tess posted a never-before-seen photograph from their special day with their two daughters.

In the snap, the couple were seen smiling as Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, stood beside them.

Captioning the post, Tess penned: "So sweet listening to Vern recount the story of surprising me with renewing our vows.

"Here’s a picture from that special day @vernonkay @imacelebrity."

Vernon, 46, opened up on their romantic vow renewal with his campmates on the current series of the ITV reality show.

The radio DJ secretly arranged everything about the event, as well as getting her four potential wedding dresses to wear.

Vernon recalled: "We have done, we did it in France, about five years ago.

"I booked a weekend in our favourite hotel in the South of France and I spoke to her (Tess’) stylist at the time and I said I needed four dresses."

He added: "She didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said congratulations on your second wedding day and I said we’re going to renew our vows.  

"She said, ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ and I said, ‘You say that…pick one'."

Vernon continued: "We went to reception and her Mum, my parents, the kids and my brother were waiting and she was like ‘oh my god’ – we had such a lovely day.”

Talking in the Telegraph, Jessica Plummer gushed over it saying: "It’s incredible that Vernon arranged in secret the renewal of his vows it’s like a fairy tale."

Giovanna Fletcher added: "Vernon’s story is absolutely romantic and wonderful and thoughtful.  I mean, Tom, if you’re watching…"

Vernon and Tess started dating in 2000 before marrying three years later in his hometown of Horwich in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Earlier this week, Tess revealed she was already missing her husband just days into his I'm A Celebrity stint.

Sharing a throwback pic of the couple, she wrote: "So proud of Vernon in his first trial last night on @imacelebrity, he aced it!! No idea how he managed to clear his plate though!

"Missed him today and looking through old photos found this from a trip to Ibiza probably about 17 years ago...He’s still got the same hair! GOOD LUCK TONIGHT @vernonkay #teamvernon #imaceleb."

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