For those who grew up in the 1980s, they are one of pop music’s most enduring couples.

But, according to Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley, the marriage between him and his Bananarama star wife, Keren Woodward, almost collapsed.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror’s Katie Hind, the retro chart star – who once dominated radio airwaves with bandmate George Michael – said his 25-year union to the brunette beauty broke down, but was saved at the last minute by their mutual perseverance.

Please don’t go-go! According to Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley, the marriage between him and his Bananarama star wife, Keren Woodward, almost collapsed – but was recently salvaged at the last minute

Andrew, 52, confessed to the newspaper: ‘We split up but we are through those difficulties now and it is all ancient history.

‘It’s safe to say that things are good and we are very happy now. I don’t really like to talk about my private life much but we have worked through everything.

‘It’s great now, it was hard for a while but all is well. It’s all in the past now, it’s old news.’

Still going strong: Andrew, 52, confessed to the Sunday Mirror: ‘We split up but we are through those difficulties now and it is all ancient history’

The couple first met in the late Eighties, before finally starting to date in 1990 – once Wham! had long disbanded following a string of hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas. 

It was in 1994, and following an unsuccessful solo career, that Ridgeley finally quit the London scene with Woodward and her son Tom. 

Together, they moved to a 15th century Cornish farm house, where they remain today. 

Pop stars: The couple first met in the late Eighties, before finally starting to date in 1990 – once Wham! had long disbanded following a string of hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas

The hey-day: George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley perform on music TV show The Tube in 1983

Ever since, Ridgeley has deliberately eschewed the showbiz limelight and spends his time playing golf and surfing while his millions earn interest in the bank.

When he does surface, it is often to campaign for environmental causes, in particular safer, cleaner water.

Meanwhile, Keren still performs with Bananarama alongside Sara Dallin – and recently did a show for the Goldie Hawn Foundation.

Longevity: Keren Woodward and Andrew pictured at a charity event in 2005

In a 2009 interview with the Daily Mail, Keren said: ‘He enjoys the anonymity that he has, but also he has a complete understanding of me and why I am still doing it.

‘He’s not bored at all. He surfs, he plays golf. Our life in Cornwall is really quiet… We go to the pub and no one bothers us. Even when George comes to visit, he isn’t hassled.

‘You can be normal if you choose to be. I have always found fame embarrassing, I still do.’ 

 

Via www.dailymail.co.uk

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