Anna Richardson and Sue Perkins reveal they are together

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‘Secret Eaters’ presenter Anna Richardson has confirmed she is in a relationship with Sue Perkins.

The 44-year-old said they had an “extraordinary connection”, and that they met through having mutual friends.

Speaking on the Lorraine programme on ITV today, she said: “We’ve known each other for a few years, we’ve got mutual friends – you know what it’s like in TV, you tend to know people.

Sue Perkins

“I was with my boyfriend for nearly 20 years and I’ve known Sue on the circuit, but about a year and a half ago we met at a party and I was recently single and we just… all I can say, there was an understanding between us and for me the planets aligned and I just thought, ‘This person’ – it’s not even about a woman – ‘this person is absolutely extraordinary’.”

Richardson, describing Perkins as “a wonderful human being”, said the relationships has “been amazing.”

Continuing she said: “People become obsessed with sex and just want to know, ‘What is it you do in bed?’… It’s not about that, it’s about the person and it’s about the connection with that person.”

Perkins shot to fame in the late 1990s when she co-hosted Channel 4’s Light Lunch with Mel Giedroyc. More recently, the pair have been best known for presenting the Great British Bake Off. She and Giedroyc will soon be presenting a new daytime chat show for ITV.

Richardson has hosted Supersize vs Superskinny, Secret Eaters and the Sex Education Show for Channel 4.