Jamie Laing has admitted he had never been in love before falling for wife Sophie Habboo in 2019.
The former Made In Chelsea star, 34, said he immediately found Sophie, 29, ‘hilarious and a breath of fresh air’ after meeting at a dinner party.
Jamie previously dated co-stars Louise Thompson, Binky Felstead, Lucy Watson and Frankie Gaff while filming the E4 reality show.
But it wasn’t until Sophie “walked out in a bikini that he suddenly realized she was super hot.”
He told The Sunday times: ‘Before Sophie, I was in relationships with a lot of people on the show, but I don’t think I’ve ever really been in love.
Opening: Jamie Laing admitted he had never been in love before falling for wife Sophie Habboo in 2019
‘I got awkward and then realized I liked her’: He admitted he suddenly found Sophie ‘super hot’ after she ‘walked out in a bikini’ while they filmed MIC
‘The first time we met was at a dinner party and I thought she was hilarious and very normal, which was a relief. We have become such good friends. When I first tried stand-up comedy, she texted me beforehand to wish me luck. No one else did and something pinged.
‘We went to South Africa to film and she walked out in a bikini, and I suddenly realized she was super hot. Every time I was alone with her I became awkward and realized that I liked her. When we did get together, we kept it very quiet at first.’
The couple eventually went public on the reality show which Jamie said he found ‘quite strenuous’ before quitting because he was ‘unwilling to sacrifice his relationship with Sophie’ for TV drama.
The couple tied the knot in two ceremonies earlier this year, once at a ceremony in London before flying to a picturesque ceremony location in Spain.
Jamie has since admitted that Sophie was ‘really stressed’ before their wedding day.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the GoCardless JustGiving Awards, Jamie revealed that he has embraced his new status as a husband, and that Sophie has been ‘much more relaxed’ since their wedding.
Asked how he and Sophie have adjusted to married life, Jamie said: ‘Nothing has changed. I wake up every day with my best friend. It’s the best thing ever.
‘She has become much more relaxed. She was very stressed before the wedding, but now she is completely crazy. It is awesome.’
‘We’ve become such good friends’: The former Made In Chelsea star, 34, said he immediately found Sophie, 29, ‘hilarious and a breath of fresh air’ after their first meeting at a dinner party
He said: ‘Before Sophie I dated a lot of people on the show but I don’t think I’ve ever really been in love. We went to South Africa to film and she walked out in a bikini, and I suddenly realized she was super hot’
Married! The couple tied the knot in two ceremonies earlier this year, once at a ceremony in London before flying to a picturesque location ceremony in Spain.
He added, “So what that means is that I am, in fact, the best husband in the world.”
He and Sophie married on April 14 in a small and intimate ceremony in Chelsea, London, before having a second wedding in Spain.
During the large-scale second ceremony, which took place on May 20 at Las Sirenas in Sotogrande, Jamie and Sophie celebrated their wedding with all their loved ones.
The couple were joined by a host of famous friends, including Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott, Spencer Matthews and Millie Mackintosh.
And Sophie recently reflected on their lavish second wedding in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, telling how they partied all night until 4am.
She said: ‘It was amazing, suddenly it was four in the morning and I was like ‘oh, I have to go home!’, so it was really good.”
Sophie also said she never wanted a ‘big’ wedding and revealed that it was Jamie who wanted the lavish Spanish celebration, while she wanted their intimate wedding ceremony in Chelsea.