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Chantelle Houghton has revealed she still loves her ex-husband Preston, despite divorcing 13 years ago.
The 37 year old has even said her ex will be invited to her wedding to fiancé Michael Strutt, whom she got engaged to after just three months.
The Big Brother star explained that the Ordinary Boys singer holds a special place in her heart and she feels incredibly fortunate to have gone through their whirlwind romance with him.
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"Preston is a one-off person. What we had was real back then and I still love him so much. I feel so lucky to have gone through what I did with him. Our relationship was completely real but we were so young," she said.
Chantelle was 22 when she won Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 after pretending to be famous. She and Preston, whose full name is Samuel Preston, were engaged by April, married in August and separated by the following June.
The star continued: “It was so long ago and when I look back, I can’t believe how brave I was going on Celebrity Big Brother then going off to marry. At the time it was obviously amazing but now I am older, I have realised what true love is.
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“Right now, I couldn’t be happier. I have met Michael and he is so perfect for me.”
Chantelle, who recently reunited with Preston after 10 years, went on to explain that while she has been married before, she doesn't feel like it.
She said: “Michael has never been married before — and even though I have, I don’t feel like I have. Mine and Preston’s romance was such a whirlwind. I don’t regret it. We were young and carefree.
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“And as my mum would say it is just one [story] for the rocking chair."
Chantelle continued: "But this time around, I am older, more mature and all I really want is to settle down properly. I am so excited. We have started to think about the guest list.
"Preston wished me congratulations and asked if he has got an invite, and I was like, ‘Of course!’ And Michael is fine with it all. He understands what it is.
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“When I married Preston, I thought it was set in stone. You can marry the love of your life but then your lives might not go in the same direction."
She ended her lengthy speech by reassuring fans that she's certain that Michael is the right man for her as she said: “You can only be sure as sure can be.
"It can last ten years or it can last a lifetime but as long as you are sure in that moment, that is all you can do. And I certainly am sure now.”
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