Former footballer Neil Ruddock has finally married his long-term love Leah Newham in a glittering fairytale ceremony in Kent.

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The 45-year-old former Liverpool and West Ham defender asked his fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemate and X Factor finalist Rylan Clark to be his ringbearer on the big day. Rylan couldn’t contain his excitement about the role tweeting ‘Today’s the day… Daddy gets married!! And I’m the ring bearer! @RealRazor @missrazorrud’

Neil already has two children, Kizzy and Pebbles, with his new wife and have long had to face questions about why they didn’t tie the knot sooner. “People used to ask, ‘Why is it taking you so long to make Leah your wife,'” Neil told Hello! Magazine. “But we had our reasons. We wanted our little girls to be old enough to enjoy our special day and they did, they had a ball.”

“For us, it was the right time and the perfect day,” says the I’m A Celebrity… star. “You can’t ask for more than that. Everyone was coming up saying it was the best wedding they’d ever been to – and obviously we’d have to agree.

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