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Len Goodman Married The Love of His Life at The Age of 68 After His First Wife Left Him For a French Millionaire
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Len Goodman Married The Love of His Life at The Age of 68 After His First Wife Left Him For a French Millionaire

When Len decided to marry his longtime girlfriend, only his mother was one to know.

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Simon Burchell
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When the head judge on Dancing with the Stars, Len Goodman's wife left him, he was devastated. His first wife left him, and he didn't think he'd ever be able to feel happiness again. That is until, Sue Barrett, a dance instructor, swept Len off his feet. When Goodman finally found the love of his life, he definitely made the jump to marry her. The stern British reality TV personality, then 68, wed his longtime partner, Sue Barrett, then 47, in a secret ceremony in 2013, per USA TODAY. Len's wedding came as a complete surprise to his family and friends. He invited 30 family members and friends, who believed they were going to a nice lunch, but what they witnessed was actually a wedding ceremony. When Len decided to marry his longtime girlfriend, only his mother was one to know. "I wanted it to be a low-key affair, so we didn't tell anyone except my 96-year-old mum as I didn't want her having a heart attack with the surprise," he shared.

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Representative Image Source: GREENHITHE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: Len Goodman meets fans and signs copies of his book 'Lost London: A Personal Journey' at Waterstones Bluewater on October 10, 2013 in Greenhithe, England. (Photo by Simon Burchell/Getty Images)
Image Source: Getty Images | Simon Burchell

 

On November 14, during the semifinal, which was co-hosted by Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro, Goodman shocked everyone when he announced that he would not be returning next year, per Newsweek. Goodman, who runs a ballroom dance school in the United Kingdom, shared that he wishes to spend more time with his family. "I've decided to spend more time with my grandchildren and family back in the UK," he said. During Monday's live show, he told the audience, "I'm looking forward to the season finale next week. It's also tinged with sadness because this will be my final season judging on Dancing with the Stars. I've been with the show since it first aired in 2005, and it's been an honor to be a part of it."