“We don’t ever joke about the age difference."
TV presenter Ranvir Singh has opened up on the 18-year age gap between her and her partner Louis Church.
The pair met in 2020 when she competed on Strictly Come Dancing and he was working as a production secretary.
Ranvir had been married to Ranjeet Singh Dehal and they have a 10-year-old son named Tushaan. They split prior to her appearance on Strictly.
During the dance show, Ranvir and Louis spent a lot of time together as Covid-19 regulations meant contestants were advised to minimise all outside contact.
Ranvir explained: “No curse, just a blessing.
“It was literally nothing to begin with. We were in Covid. All the crew and the dancers definitely felt the 2020 show was very different. It was very isolating for me, being on Strictly.
“There was no socialising, no red-carpet events. You weren’t even going to pick up a pint of milk. I was with Giovanni, but you couldn’t mix with the other celebs.
“It was a very singular experience, which was unique. I know lots of people who have done the show in previous years and usually, it’s a very adrenaline-fuelled group experience, but I was in my dressing room on my own a lot of the time.
“So then, in a funny way, when somebody did come to the door, it was like: ‘Oh, hi!’ And Louis was one of those people.
“He’s a really calm person. And in the midst of all of that, there was just a really lovely energy.”
Ranvir and Louis confirmed their relationship in December 2021, however, it was met with trolling, with some pointing out that Ranvir is 18 years older than Louis.
Dismissing the age gap and the trolls, Ranvir said: “Is there an age difference?
“We don’t ever joke about the age difference.
“Actually, age is no guarantee of someone being wonderful to you. There are complete gits who are exactly the same age as you.
“Age can define life experience, but that is only valuable if you’ve learned from it – it doesn’t always mean you’ve got your life figured out.
“You can find a 50-year-old man who will have no idea about how to be a good partner. So being 27 is not reflective of that.
“When I was 27, I was probably a lot more immature than Louis is.
“There are things that he is better at than I am in terms of just being a good human being.
“And I’m learning from him. So to me, it’s a complete joy.”
Ranvir Singh admitted that she had concerns about introducing a new partner to her son.
Fortunately, Tushaan approved of his mother’s new relationship.
She said: “I think that for lots of people who meet someone when they’re already a parent, there probably is a much higher bar.
“It’s OK for you to really like someone, but those things can’t progress very much unless that bond is real, true and authentic.
“I think this is why single parents stay single for a long time because it’s too risky. You’re very protective of your own relationship with your child.
“I think that’s a very common experience for people.
“But I have definitely found a bit of magic and I think everyone at Strictly is completely thrilled.”