Emmerdale icon Lisa Riley has been speaking about her relationship history and honestly, we love her for it.
The actress, known for her role as Mandy Dingle in the ITV soap, has been with her partner, Al, for nine years.
Reflecting on her life prior to that, Lisa recently realised she always found it difficult to start a relationship when she was actively searching for one.
‘In my previous relationships, I was always the hunter, out looking for a man. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true that when you’re not looking, love can land on your doorstep. I’m proof of that’, she told the Daily Mirror.
‘There was a lot going on at the time, another relationship wasn’t on my radar. I was hugely guarded when we [her and Al] first met, but how wrong I was! The great thing was, he didn’t know who I was, so he didn’t give a c*** if I was a lollypop lady or working on the bins.’
Lisa also revealed a sweet moment that occurred when her and Al spent the day together when they first started seeing each other.
‘We went to a trampoline park, then we went bowling and out for lunch and then we went to an arcade. We were out from ten in the morning until seven’, she said.
‘Loads of people were coming up for selfies and I was joking with them all. Al said, “will you just please have your lunch, you’re not working today!”.’
‘Al would never change me. He loves that I’m bonkers and full of beans and useless at sitting still and I love how relaxed he is. We complement each other completely. I’m volume ten and he’s volume three, so he turns me down to a five!’.
‘When it comes to things like weddings, you do it for the other people. Both of us talk about it all the time and feel as long as we’re happy we don’t need rings on our fingers’, she added.
‘I’m not the kind of girl who wants a big flouncy day with a horse and carriage. I’m never going to change my name, so really, what would be different? And I wouldn’t be able to wear a wedding band very much because I’ve always got Mandy’s jewellery on!’.
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