George Clarke’s mysterious love life – ‘amicable’ divorce and Ibiza second wedding

Family man George Clarke lives in the countryside with his wife, three children and Siberian husky (Image: Channel 4)

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We see George Clarke on our screens almost every week, be it on his Grand Designs programme or his latest show, George Clarke's Remarkable Renovations, which airs on Wednesday evening.

But despite being such a familiar face for so many, George, 47, remains a fiercely private man.

Appearing flustered when asked about female fan attention, George is very much a family man and it seems he does not even have any bad blood with his ex wife.

He married Australian female animator and art director Catriona Drummond in 2009, having met in the early 2000s after George did some work for Catriona’s brother.

And her brother, whose name was Swiggy Drummond, sadly died from cancer before he had the chance to carry the Olympic torch in 2012.

So in a touching tribute, George carried it for him.

George Clarke's love and home life remain shrouded in mystery
(Image: PA)

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He said: "I was proud to carry the Olympic torch on behalf of my brother-in-law, Swiggy Drummond, who died recently from cancer."

Asked what the most romantic thing he had ever done was George, revealed he had taken Catriona to Rome and splashed out on diamond jewellery.

"I pretended I needed to go off alone to buy some new sunglasses, and instead, on a whim, I went into the Cartier shop," he explained.

"I remember saying to the shop assistant, ‘I need to buy some diamonds.’

"And wow, do they give you the royal treatment. I was slightly scared. They’re all in these white gloves and they take you upstairs to a private area.

George Clarke and his ex wife Catriona Drummond, who divorced in 2014
(Image: Matt Gillis)

"I bought her a necklace and some earrings. All the blokes in the couples we’d made friends with at the hotel were really annoyed. They were like, ‘Thanks. We’re going to have to do that now!’"

The couple lived together in a house in Notting Hill, West London, which George had renovated, with their three children, Georgie, 18, Emilio, 16, and Iona, 14.

When asked in one interview what his favourite thing to do was, George said: "Going home to see my wife and our children."

But George's "hectic" work life reportedly got in the way of the marriage, and the couple announced their split in 2013, divorcing the following year.

In a statement at the time, George said: "We have been married quite a long time and decided to part.

"We have separate custody of the kids and are going through an amicable separation and divorce."

False rumours George had a new lover then began to swirl when he was spotted checking in to the St Davids Hotel in Cardiff with a woman on Boxing Day 2013, and he was also pictured leaving the next day.

But he rubbished the claims to The Mirror, stating: "The person who I was with doesn’t have anything to do with any of it.

"She wasn’t my wife and she isn’t my partner. I don’t have a girlfriend now."

George married his next wife, American fashion marketing and communications consultant Katie, in September 2018 in a romantic ceremony in Ibiza.

Katie and George initially lived in the London property with the children, but have since moved to another home in the Cotswolds.

George wrote in The Times: "I’m in Gloucestershire with my wife and three kids.

"The house, which we bought last year, sits on a steep hill so you enter it at the upper level. We have the kitchen and living room on the first floor, while the bedrooms, bathrooms and storage rooms are on the ground floor.

"I also have a place in London, but home is in the Cotswolds now. I have quite a nomadic life — I travel a lot and spend on average three nights a week in hotels — so I take every opportunity I can to get home."

Once asked about flirty fan mail, George replied: "There is all the cheeky stuff.

"Letters like, ‘I know you’re married, but if you want to come for a drink some time…’ Let’s just say, there are a few naughty girls out there.

"The scariest one was from the wife whose husband was in prison, saying we should be together. I thought, ‘Yeah, and when he gets out, we’ll both be dead!’"

While George keeps his family life out of the spotlight, he recently gave an insight into how he got his children into architecture and building.

He told Andi Peters on Lorraine: "I've almost thrown them in at the deep end to be honest with you. I think the sooner you get your kids building and doing stuff, the better."

He added: "I think the sooner you teach them the safer it is, getting them to learn how use tools in a really safe way and hammers and power tools and stuff like that, the earlier they start the better.

"So they got to work on the garden shed which was fantastic."

And George's other family member is a gorgeous Siberian husky named Loki, who has become his co star on the telly.

Loki made an appearance on George Clarke's National Trust Unlocked, as George took him on a walk during the show.

George told Andi: "I felt a bit sorry for him because the weather was amazing, it was like 30-odd degrees every day, but he just loves walking and it was a joy."

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* George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations airs Wednesday night at 9pm on Channel 4

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