Frankie Bridge in­ter­view

Frankie and Wayne Bridge lift the lid on fam­ily life with their two adorable boys

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This month, Frankie and Wayne Bridge will have been mar­ried for four years. And when we sit down for a chat with the for­mer Satur­days singer, 29, and ex-foot­baller Wayne, 37, it’s im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that the fun is still there, as they af­fec­tion­ately tease each other about Christ­mas board games.

We’re dy­ing to know how the pair – par­ents to sons Parker, four, and Carter, three next month – sur­vived the in­fa­mous Strictly curse when Frankie com­peted on the show, just a month af­ter they tied the knot in 2014.

Here, the fit­ness fa­natic cou­ple re­veal how they did it and whether Wayne will go for the Strictly glit­ter­ball, too…

Hi, guys! How are your cou­ples’ work­outs go­ing? Frankie: Re­ally fun. Wayne spurs me on be­cause he’s so strict. He won’t al­low me to talk.

Are you com­pet­i­tive? Wayne: I’m quite a com­pet­i­tive per­son, but not with Frankie – only when it comes to board games at Christ­mas. Frankie cheats a lot! F: I do not!

Is it true that cou­ples who work out to­gether stay to­gether?

F: [Laughs] It’s good for us, be­cause we spend so much time do­ing stuff with the kids and work­ing, so it’s an­other thing we can do to­gether.

What is your se­cret to a happy mar­riage?

W: Time apart! We’re just re­ally easy-go­ing...

We let each other do what­ever we want. I’d never stop Wayne from go­ing out with his boys and he’s the same with me. It’s healthy to have a life apart, but we also like do the things we did be­fore we had chil­dren, so we tend to go away once a year, just the two o f us. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber why you got mar­ried in the first place.

How did you sur­vive the Strictly curse?

W: [Laughs] I went to every train­ing ses­sion and fol­lowed her ev­ery­where!

F: I think your re­la­tion­ship has to be in trou­ble in the first place [for the ‘curse’ to work]. You can’t blame it all on the show.

Would you con­sider do­ing Strictly, Wayne? I’m 50/50. I’m an un­be­liev­able dancer af­ter I’ve had about five beers, but it’s a bit dif­fer­ent danc­ing on a show.

F: He’s got some good hips on him and a great slut drop!

Wow! So how are your two boys?

F: Re­ally good! They get on so well. The other day on the way to nursery, Carter fell over and when I turned around, Parker was wip­ing his hands for him and kiss­ing them. It’s cute.

Will they be fol­low­ing in your musical or your sporty foot­steps? W: Carter likes to sing a bit.

F: Nei­ther of them are par­tic­u­larly good at foot­ball.

Do you want more chil­dren? W: Maybe in the fu­ture.

F: We’re happy with our boys!

You cre­ated a health and well­be­ing itin­er­ary with Marella Cruises – how im­por­tant is stay­ing ac­tive and healthy to you? W: Very! Both phys­i­cally and men­tally. We worked closely with staff to cre­ate an itin­er­ary to main­tain fit­ness on-board. Marella Cruises have some­thing for ev­ery­one, so we did a bit of wall climb­ing, some ex­er­cis­ing, kayak­ing and also spa treat­ments.

Marella Cruises have teamed up with Frankie and Wayne Bridge to cre­ate their own Marella By U itin­er­ary based on their per­sonal in­ter­ests. To watch Frankie and Wayne’s ad­ven­tures and fol­low their be­spoke hol­i­day itin­er­ary, head to marellabyu.co.uk.

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