John Cleese reveals he ‘finally got it right’ with fourth wife

John Cleese, 79, gushes he ‘finally got it right’ with wife number four Jennifer Wade, 47… and says he still ‘feels 43’ despite turning 80 this year

He married his fourth wife Jennifer Wade, 47, in a lavish Mustique ceremony in 2012.

And John Cleese revealed he ‘finally got it right’ with Jennifer after a string of failed marriages – and admitted he still only feels 43 despite his 80th birthday fast approaching.  

During an interview on Thursday’s edition of Lorraine, the Monty Python star, 79, discussed his marriage to wife Jennifer and said: ‘Fourth wife, finally got it right! I really recommend it. If you can find a wife you really like…’.

‘Finally got it right’: John Cleese revealed he ‘finally got it right’ with his fourth wife after a string of failed marriages – and admitted he still only feels 43 despite his 80th birthday fast approaching

Speaking about his upcoming birthday, John admitted that he feels much younger than his age and how he ‘wishes he was still 43’.

He said: ’80! I can’t believe that. No [I don’t feel grown up] not at all. I feel about 43. I wish I was 43. I know so much more about how the world works now. 

‘I realise the key thing is to realise that very little matters. Just a small number of people – the happiness of people around you.’

Discussing whether he’ll have a big party to celebrate, he teased: ‘Oh yes, oh yes. Going to make sure none of the Pythons are there – don’t want any of the grubby knights hanging around.’ 

Feeling young: Speaking about his upcoming birthday, John admitted that he feels much younger than his age and how he ‘wishes he was still 43’

John and Jennifer, who is a jewellery designer and former model, tied the knot in 2012, with John telling HELLO! Magazine at the time: ‘I knew from the first moment I met her that this could be something very serious.’      

The father-of-two married first wife, American writer and actress Connie Booth, in 1968, and the couple went on to have a child together, daughter Cynthia, 43, three years later.

Connie wrote and co-starred opposite Cleese as waitress Polly Sherman in the hugely-popular Fawlty Towers.

Former love: The father-of-two married first wife, American writer and actress Connie Booth, in 1968, and the couple went on to have a child together, daughter Cynthia, 43, three years later

The couple were divorced before the second series of the BBC comedy was written and aired, but they remained close friends in spite of their split.

Cleese then went on the tie the knot with American actress Barbara Trentham in 1981, with the couple welcoming their daughter Camilla into the world in 1984.

The pair divorced in 1990, and the actor left the UK in favour of a move to the bright lights of Los Angeles.

In 1992, he married American psychotherapist, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, but the pair went on to divorce in 2008.

He famously had to fork out £25million in divorce settlements across his three failed marriages.

The interview comes as Monty Python star John was forced to insist comments he had made about London were ‘culturalist’ and not ‘racist’ in May. 

John had taken a swipe at London as he tried to defend his claims that it is ‘not really an English city anymore.’

He said his remarks were ‘culturalist’ rather than racist after he was criticised by politicians and members of the public.  

London Mayor Sadiq Khan even claimed it made him sound more like his famous Fawlty Towers character Basil Fawlty. 

In happier times: In 1992, Cleese married American psychotherapist, Alyce Faye Eichelberger (pictured in 2003), but the pair went on to divorce in 2008 – a move that cost him £12million

But responding to his 5.6million followers on Twitter, Cleese detailed a list of reasons why he has problems with London as part of an explanation as to why he moved to the island of Nevis in the Caribbean. 

And in another dig at the capital, Cleese said: ‘And the icing on the cake is that Nevis is not the world centre for Russian dirty money laundering.’ 

He said: ‘It might interest those people who seem to think my remarks about London are racist as opposed to culturalist, to consider that what I like about spending time in Nevis.

‘Nevis has excellent race relations, a very well educated population, no sign of political correctness……

‘……no sign of Rupert Murdoch, conscientious lawyers, a relaxed and humorous life style, a deep love of cricket, and a complete lack of knife crime. And, of course, wonderful weather.’

He added: ‘And the icing on the cake is that Nevis is not the world centre for Russian dirty money laundering.’

Words: John took another swipe at London as he tried to defend his claims that it is ‘not really an English city anymore, saying his comments were ‘culturalist’ not ‘racist’ (Jan 2019)

Something to say: Mr Cleese tweeted the controversial London comment to his 5.6 million followers on Twitter

Cleese, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a co-founder of the surrealist comedy group Monty Python, alongside Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Sir Michael Palin, later added to his comments.

He said it is ‘legitimate’ to prefer one culture to another.

The comedian said: ‘For example, I prefer cultures that do not tolerate female genital mutilation. Will this will be considered racist by all those who hover, eagerly hoping that someone will offend them – on someone else’s behalf, naturally.’

It isn’t the first time he has caused controversy online, with veteran actor told Australian television that London ‘doesn’t feel English’ in 2011. 

Controversial: It isn’t the first time he has caused controversy online, with veteran actor told Australian television that London ‘doesn’t feel English’ in 2011 (September 2018)

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