Dan Walker has opened up about his Valentine’s Day experience with his wife of 18 years, Sarah, who he shares three children with. The 41-year-old journalist told his 57,6000 Instagram followers he was overcome with emotion by his partner’s efforts on February 14. In the hilarious post, he began: “Yesterday… mid conversation… my wife plucked a hair from my ear with her bare fingers. “That my friends… is what Valentine’s Day is all about.”
“It did bring a tear to my eyes,” the BBC Breakfast host added, with a series of laughing face emojis.
Of course, his comments were meant in jest and tickled many of his fans, some of whom commented below the message.
One person joked: “True love indeed,” while another quipped: “I did exactly the same to my husband.. he also cried.”
A third fan added: “Now this made me laugh. Love is… [smile]” as a fourth viewer wrote: “Well said… real love.”
Someone else leapt to his wife’s defence and remarked: “In her defence your alarm goes off at 3am four mornings a week, you work on Saturdays, you’re away up a mountain for half term. Just saying #sisterhood.”
The commentator was referring to Dan’s work on the popular morning programme BBC Breakfast and his participation in Comic Relief’s climb up Kilimanjaro this month.
Dan and stars including Love Island 2018 winner Danny Dyer, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas will scale the African mountain for the charity.
Former Labour MP Ed Balls, 51, is also taking part and Dan joked he could be bunking with the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
Speaking on the Series Linked podcast, he dished: “I think I might be sharing a tent with Mr Balls.”
“That could be some interesting night-time discussion,” he quipped. “I’m going to Kilimanjaro to avoid Brexit.”
He continued: “I have to do it every morning, so I hope there is not Brexit pillow talk.”
Conversations centring around Brexit may be the least of Dan’s troubles, as the broadcaster will have few luxuries on the trip.
Admitting there will be little room for privacy, the father-of-three shared: “The other thing you just gotta get used to, in the nicest possible way, is having a poo next to somebody in a bush.
“There’s no toilets. I think there’s a couple of very rudimentary, Portaloo-type things that you take up there.
“But you wee on the way, poo off a cliff, and just have to get on with it for eight days.”
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