Alan Carr admits his separation from husband Paul Drayton is still very ‘raw’.
The comedian, 46, and his party planner, 50, who have been together for 13 years – announced their split in January after three years of marriage.
Alan spoke about the breakup on Thursday’s issue of Good Morning Britain while promoting his new TV show and recent tour.
Heartbroken: Alan Carr told Thursday’s issue of Good Morning Britain that her split from husband Paul Drayton is still very ‘raw’
Chat with presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Adil Ray, the star of Chatty Man explaining how she found her touring therapy due to her breakup from Paul is understandably still pretty raw.
The dates of his tour have been postponed from 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and resumed this year with Alan rewriting the material after the breakup.
Speaking of his Trinket Regional tour, he said: ‘This show had to be rescheduled due to Covid; I just really didn’t want to cancel. My marriage fell apart in lockdown. No, that’s okay – people will tilt their heads when you get bad news.’
All in all: The comedian and his party-planning couple husband of 13 years announced their separation in January after three years of marriage (photo in 2019)
When Charlotte apologized for her reaction to him mentioning her marriage breakup, he reassured her he was comfortable continuing the topic and added: ‘I wrote a tour and then it made no sense when I came out of lockdown because the marriage was broken.
‘I’m writing fresh and on the go, so it’s very personal and very raw, but it will go down well.’
However, he found being on stage quite ‘therapeutic’.
‘It does make therapy. There are people who are like, oh are you going to cancel the tour? and I was like, no, I need it. I get the impression people just want to laugh and I see it as therapy and live it,’ he admits.
Help: Alan says he finds being on stage quite ‘therapeutic’ as he deals with splits
The couple confirmed their split in January with a joint statement.
It read: ‘After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce that they are separating.
“They have been together and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and separate. We ask that their privacy be respected at this sensitive time.’
Paul later posted on Instagram that he was currently in alcoholism rehab, after a ‘challenging few years’ which saw him plead guilty last November to drinking-driving charges.
New shows: The dates of his tour have been postponed from 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and resumed this year with Alan rewriting everything after their breakup
He explained that he had ‘proactively’ checked into rehab earlier in the year to seek help for his ongoing struggle with his illness.
‘It is with great sadness that I share the news that Alan and I have jointly decided to end our marriage,’ she wrote under the sunset photo with a heart on it.
‘This decision has been very difficult for both of us and we part with great memories and continued love and friendship for each other as we part.
‘As part of my own journey, I proactively check into rehab facilities at the turn of the new year to get the help and support I need during this challenging time.’
“It’s not an easy step to take, but I know it’s the right step going forward. The last few years have been challenging to say the least, as has been for many others. But I remain deeply committed to my journey of calm and strength. .
“We ask for privacy during this challenging time, but I thank you all for your kindness and support. Peace and love.’ He ended his post by sharing the hashtag: ‘#sobriety #sometimesthehardestdecisionaretherrightones #newchapters #looktothefuture.’
Candid: Chatting with presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Adil Ray, Alan explained how he found the tour therapeutic because his split from Paul was still pretty raw.
A court case in November saw Paul plead guilty at Brighton Magistrates to charges of drinking while driving after being behind the wheel while four times exceeding the legal limit.
He was warned that he would face prison by a judge who told him that it was a ‘miracle’ no one was killed.
Paul is accused of drunk driving after he got into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, while in his Mitsubishi 4×4 in West Sussex, just three miles from the £2.7 million home he shares with Alan.
In August 2021, Paul shared a photo of himself with black eyes on Instagram and told a fan ‘we had a bad fight’, before deleting it within an hour.
The next day he insisted the comedian ‘never hit me,’ writing on social media: ‘I feel very vulnerable right now and would like to say that Alan will not and never hit me. And I was devastated that he had to deal with this today.’
Alan confirmed in a statement shortly after her husband posted the black eye image that the injury resulted from him ‘returning to the train’ and that he was not involved in the incident.
Split: Alan Carr and husband Paul Drayton split after 13 years together and three years of marriage (Paul and Alan pictured in 2019)
Alan said she tried to get her husband ‘the help he needed’ after he started drinking again.
The comedian recounted how his girlfriend ‘fell off the train’ while Alan was away filming in Wales, but she worked with Paul to help him.
The chat show host said: ‘While I was going to shoot on set the past few weeks, Paul fell off the train and started drinking again. When I returned home from Wales, Paul was covered in scratches and bruises from binge drinking.
‘Sobriety’: Paul shares his own statement on Instagram, explaining that he ‘proactively’ checked into rehab in early 2022 to seek alcoholism relief
‘We are now working together to get him the help he needs to get better which is our number one priority right now.’
Insiders told MailOnline that the couple’s relationship never recovered after the incident.
Alan is said to believe Paul’s Instagram posts risk ruining his career and close friends of the chat show host feel that it is the ‘final straw’ in their rocky relationship strained by Paul’s drinking problems.
Television stars Alan and Paul married Adele at his home in California in 2018, with the singer paying for their special day as a gift.
Wedding: Adele paid for their wedding, which took place at the California singer’s home and the star was ordained for the occasion, sharing a photo of herself in front of a large flower wall