‘Responsibility we have’ Clare Balding on why she’s often pictured with wife Alice Arnold

Clare Balding at LGBT Awards

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BBC Sport presenter Clare Balding, 50, has given viewers an insight into her home life with wife Alice Arnold in recent weeks, after the couple made their Celebrity Gogglebox debut. The couple are seen tuning into the latest TV highlights on the Channel 4 programme, as they relax in their living room. 

It comes after Clare previously revealed that she and Alice are “conscious of the responsibility” they have as a high-profile gay couple.

In a recently unearthed interview, the tennis pundit, who is set to front the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon 2021, shared why she’s often pictured with Alice at star-studded events.

Speaking back in 2014, Clare said: “Alice and I are very, very happy and we go to a lot of things together. 

“We are conscious of the responsibility we have [as a high-profile gay couple] and are quite happy to embrace it. 

“If you can do anything, all you want is to make it easier for other people.”

Clare, who has been in a relationship with fellow broadcaster and journalist Alice since 1999, also said in the same interview that the couple were looking forward to getting married following their civil ceremony in 2006.

“We will convert,” the presenter told the Irish Daily Mail. 

“I don’t know when yet. It is a conversion, a piece of paper. It is not an all-singing, all-dancing event but it is terribly important. 

 

“Alice rang up about car insurance yesterday and they asked about marital status and she said civil partnership – it’s all very straightforward.”

She added: “Most companies and businesses don’t bat an eyelid, but ten years ago it wasn’t like that, there was no box to tick. 

“The next thing is to be able to say ‘married’ and have people, businesses, ask what your husband or wife does without assuming you are straight or gay.”

Clare and Alice initially committed to each other in a civil partnership ceremony in 2006.

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They celebrated with friends and family at a drinks party afterwards in an 18th-century Palladian villa in Chiswick.

Nine years later, the couple got married at the same place.

However, when they tied the knot, they opted for a more intimate private service without any guests.

“They just backdate it to when you did your civil partnership. 

“So officially now we have been married since 2006,” Clare revealed on the Jonathan Ross Show.

“We didn’t have a big party at all actually. Nobody came apart from us,” she added.

When Jonathan asked the BBC star if she would like to throw a party to celebrate at some point, Clare replied: “I’m quite keen on the whole idea of a party obviously, I don’t know the etiquette though, are you allowed to ask for presents again? 

“It’s all about the party and the presents.”

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