Hayley Palmer has reflected on the moment she fell for The Chase star Mark Labbett as she gushed over their relationship.
The TV presenter, 41, first met Mark, aka The Beast, 58, at the National Television Awards in October last year, where they instantly got on.
They were friends first before sparks flew following a Dirty Dancing press night, when Mark revealed that he liked Hayley.
Hayley has reflected on the moment that she fell for Mark and told how she felt ‘safe’ with him as she spoke about their ‘special’ connection.
She said: ‘That’s when it clicked that there was more to it. We were walking along this beach, and I was like, he’s a really nice guy, such a kind gentleman.
‘I feel really safe with you. It was a simple moment. Whatever this is, this is really nice. It’s really special because we were friends first.’
It comes after Mark gushed that he ‘can’t believe’ he’s in a relationship with Hayley as he said he’s a ‘very very lucky man’ to be with her.
Speaking to The Sun On Sunday, Mark said: ‘I mean, look at her. I keep finding myself going, “Hang on, we’re actually going out?”.
‘I don’t want to make her blush, but 15 years ago I was a maths teacher, I was 29st. I’m a very, very lucky man.
‘I’ve got the job I was born to do and, in Hayley, someone to share it all with.’
Mark – who has shed 10 stone – recently revealed the real way he has managed to lose weight and denied that he had a gastric band fitted.
Speaking on Loose Women, said: ‘I think one of the pluses of having what may or may not have been Covid a few times is that I just lost my appetite.
‘My appetite is nothing like it once was. Get one of your doctors to check me for a gastric band scar. They won’t find it!’
Mark currently currently lives in Rotherham so he can be close to his five-year-old son, whom he shares with ex-wife Katie, while Hayley lives in London.
Hayley however lives in London, meaning the two of them are committed to travelling approximately 3 hours to see each other.
When Mark and Hayley do spend time together they always relish in the moment and make sure it is good hearty quality time, with little desire to do anything overly flashy.