Piers Morgan’s wife Celia Walden credits five-week ‘marriage sabbatical’ for rekindling relationship


Piers Morgan’s wife Celia Walden credited a ‘marriage sabbatical’ for reigniting their relationship.

The couple – who celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in June – spent five weeks apart where their only communication was via text message in a bid to ‘restart’ their marriage.

Speaking on Thursday’s episode of Lorraine, Celia, 46, revealed the breakup had “done wonders for their relationship” and that “it was like the early days of marriage” when they got together. finally reunited.

Taking time out: Piers Morgan’s wife Celia Walden credited a ‘sabbatical marriage’ for reviving their relationship (pictured in 2021)

Speaking to stand-in host Christine Lampard during a remote appearance from France, Celia revealed they spent more than a month apart while Piers, 57, worked on a documentary about a killer in series and that she was working in Los Angeles.

“It was great for both of us,” she explained. “We didn’t have any problems before, it was nothing like that, but it’s been a long pandemic, hasn’t it.”

Revealing how she felt when they got together, she said: ‘I just found it so exciting when we saw each other again, it was like the early days of our marriage, or even the early days of dating and I loved it.

Catch-up: Speaking to Christine Lampard on Thursday's episode of Lorraine, Celia, 46, revealed the break had

Catch-up: Speaking to Christine Lampard on Thursday’s episode of Lorraine, Celia, 46, revealed the break had ‘done wonders for their relationship’

However, she warned: “If you have a problem with your marriage, don’t do it.

“It doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder, does it, if you’re in a perilous place for some reason.”

When asked if she would plan another wedding sabbatical in the future, Celia mused: “Probably a good time to have it – Christmas is always a bit of a nightmare, isn’t it?”

“When it comes to Christmas and January, nobody wants to be near their family. So I think maybe by February I’ll be ready for another one. Maybe just a fortnight this time, or even a week.

Celia revealed her only concern ahead of the wedding sabbatical was taking care of their Elise, his 10-year-old daughter.

Piers also has three children from his previous marriage to Marion Shaloe, sons Spencer, 29, Stanley, 25, and Albert, 22.

Celia explained, “Well, my daughter stayed with me, because I don’t think I can stay away from her that long. Piers was fine but she wasn’t and I think it worked very well.

She added: “I wouldn’t forcibly take a child away from their father, but it was a professional necessity and she spoke to him a lot more than I did.”

Doting dad: Celia revealed her only concern before the wedding sabbatical was looking after their 10-year-old daughter Elise

Doting dad: Celia revealed her only concern before the wedding sabbatical was looking after their 10-year-old daughter Elise

Last month, Celia detailed her ‘marriage sabbatical’ in her column for The Telegraph, as she urged ‘all married couples who have been through three lockdowns’ to follow her example.

Comparing their union to restarting a computer, she noted, “There was nothing wrong. We weren’t broke. It wasn’t like the little rainbow wheel known as Satan’s beach ball started spinning in my head every time he spoke (although I couldn’t speak for him) .

“But when you consider how unnatural it was to spend every waking hour in the company of your other half for all those long months, it’s a wonder any couple – married or not – survived unscathed.”

Celia warned, “If you have a problem with your marriage, don't.  It doesn't always make the heart grow fonder, does it, if you're in a perilous place for some reason'

Celia warned, “If you have a problem with your marriage, don’t. It doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder, does it, if you’re in a perilous place for some reason’

Speaking on Good Morning Britain in 2020, Piers previously explained how he spiced up the couple’s sex life after they got stuck in a rut during lockdown.

The hilarity began when Susanna Reid referenced a post by Celia in which she joked that she had “filled her up”, with her husband then giving suggestions on how to make things more exciting.

Susanna started off by saying, “By the way, your lovely wife was talking about your…”

Piers then chimed in, confirming, “Role-playing?” Yes’, as Susanna continued: ‘Can I just say, this is not a private conversation – this is a national newspaper column in The Telegraph this morning!’

Continuing to explain things in more detail, Piers said: “You know when you’re stuck inside… So my wife decided to tell that story.

“When you’re with the same person all year and you can’t really go anywhere or do anything, it gets a little boring…So I suggested having dinner together.”

In the article, Celia then suggested that they attend dinner together as different people and pretend they don’t know each other.

Celia said in her column: “Of course there would have to be rules, wedding rings would come loose and we would only be allowed to meet in the restaurant pub.”

‘We could do the whole thing, ‘Is this seat taken?’ and I was already planning lame characters, outfits, and first-date topics when my husband forwarded this exchange.

Susanna began to cringe as Piers explained: “My wife asked me if I had any fantasies and I said I only had one, we pretend we’re complete strangers and that we never met.”

Planning: When asked if she would plan another wedding sabbatical in the future, Celia replied:

Planning: When asked if she would plan another sabbatical for the wedding in the future, Celia replied: “It’s probably a good time to have it – Christmas is always a nightmare, isn’t- isn’t it?”

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