Kon­nie to marry af­ter whirl­wind ro­mance

Daily Mail - - News - By Sara Nathan Show­busi­ness Edi­tor

ON paper they’re hardly the per­fect match.

She is a Cam­bridge grad­u­ate best known in her role as a clean-cut Blue Peter pre­sen­ter.

He is a col­lege dropout who has made his name as a foul-mouthed TV critic.

De­spite the dif­fer­ences, Kon­nie Huq and Char­lie Brooker have be­come en­gaged af­ter nine months to­gether.

The pair had made plans to marry in Las Ve­gas dur­ing a month-long road trip around Amer­ica. But they have been forced to put the hol­i­day on hold af­ter Miss Huq, 34, signed a deal on Mon­day to take over the Xtra Fac­tor from Holly Wil­loughby. Miss Huq will join Simon Cowell to­day in Glas­gow at the first au­di­tions for the new se­ries of the ITV2 spin-off show.

So far, her most high-pro­file ro­mance has been with her for­mer Blue Peter co-host Richard Ba­con. They were to­gether for six years be­fore split­ting in 2006. She left the show in 2008. She and Brooker, 39, met some years ago. She had ap­peared in an episode of his Screen­wipe on BBC1 in 2008, but ro­mance only flour­ished more re­cently.

A source close to the cou­ple said: ‘Kon­nie and Char­lie are very much in love. They got en­gaged some weeks ago, but have been try­ing to keep the news quiet.

‘They were go­ing to go on hol­i­day this Fri­day and were think­ing of ac­tu­ally get­ting mar­ried in Ve­gas, but that has all been put on ice af­ter Kon­nie got the Xtra Fac­tor. It’s been a bit of a whirl­wind week.’

Brooker, a writer and broad­caster, dropped out of the Polytech­nic of Cen­tral London be­fore com­plet­ing his me­dia stud­ies de­gree.

Kon­nie Huq: Signed Xtra Fac­tor deal this week

Brooker: Col­lege dropout

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