Mark Wright admits he had to grovel to wife Michelle Keegan after he broke their Christmas tradition

They’ve been happily married since 2015.

But Mark Wright has revealed he almost had an unhappy Christmas with wife Michelle Keegan several years ago, after he broke their festive tradition to go drinking with her stepfather.

Speaking on his Heart Radio show, the presenter said that he had to grovel to his spouse, both 32, after he decided forego the tradition of watching Christmas films with a buffet of snacks to head to the pub.

Drama: Mark Wright has revealed he had to grovel to his wife Michelle Keegan after he broke one of their Christmas traditions to go drinking with her stepfather

Drama: Mark Wright has revealed he had to grovel to his wife Michelle Keegan after he broke one of their Christmas traditions to go drinking with her stepfather

Explaining the drama on his radio show, Mark admitted that he got into trouble with Michelle several years ago after he forgot to head home for the family’s festive buffet.

He said: ‘My wife's family are from the north and I'm from the south so we have to switch it up but once, a couple of years ago, her mum and her stepdad came down, right, and this year we are having all of them, and this is why I'm scared – because when it happened a couple of years ago with just two of them, we broke the family tradition, and it was my fault. 

‘My wife's family tradition are getting in pyjamas, sitting in front of the TV, watching a Christmas film and having a bit table, which if you don't understand what that means it's like sausage rolls, prawns, chicken nuggets and kind having picky bits whilst you're watching a film, very cute night but I'm used to going out clubbing on Christmas Eve.’

Drama: The presenter said his wife was unimpressed when he opted to go to the pub on Christmas Eve instead of enjoying a festive buffet

Drama: The presenter said his wife was unimpressed when he opted to go to the pub on Christmas Eve instead of enjoying a festive buffet

Mark continued: ‘There's a pub right next to mine and my wife's house. All my mates go in there. All my family go in there. Everyone from the village. The Christmas tunes are on. 

‘Me and her stepdad are in the pub a couple of years ago, having a few beers, get a bit carried away and forget about the bits table. To punish us they didn't text us to hurry up to tell us it was ready they expected us to know. 

‘So what we did, we went home a bit too late, walked in, faces like thunder, food was cold. And I mean they were livid. There was no coming back, I was like ”oh no I've ruined their family tradition” her stepdad's never been in trouble on Christmas Eve but I also love Christmas Eve so much with the drinks that I'm not gonna refuse going down the pub this year.’

Still happening: But Mark also admitted that he has no plans to change his Christmas Eve tradition, which he said included a boozy night out before he married Michelle

Still happening: But Mark also admitted that he has no plans to change his Christmas Eve tradition, which he said included a boozy night out before he married Michelle

Hinting that he had no plans to change his newfound Christmas Eve tradition, Mark added: ‘So family, from Michelle's side, if you think I'm having a bits table and watching a film, great. I'll do it later. 

‘But I'm going down the pub first and if I'm late, I'm pre apologising coz let me tell you, that last Christmas Eve I had to do a lot of grovelling, but by the time Santa come, she was smiling again. Luckily!’

It comes as Mark is also set to return to Strictly Come Dancing for its Christmas Special, five years after making it to the final.

The star recently admitted that Michelle won’t be cheering him on during his performance, which will air on Christmas Day.

‘My mum and my sister [will be there],’ he said, explaining that actress wife Michelle Keegan will be sitting this one out.

‘My wife is working so wont be able to be there. My family were there all the time the first time around.’

Close call: He said: 'That last Christmas Eve I had to do a lot of grovelling, but by the time Santa come, she was smiling again. Luckily!'

Close call: He said: ‘That last Christmas Eve I had to do a lot of grovelling, but by the time Santa come, she was smiling again. Luckily!’

Mark will be dancing with Janette Manrara, but admits he’s a little rusty, having last appeared on the show in 2014.

‘I'm a bit older and the joints have stiffened up. I won't be horrendous but I'm never going to be that good as I'm not the best dancer as it is. It's always nerve-wracking stepping out on to that dancefloor so I'm just nervous in general.

‘I'm nervous I'll make myself look silly or that I'm not going to dance well, but I've got the salsa so you've got to have a bit of rhythm for that.’

Tune in to Mark Wright on Heart every Saturday from 4pm to 7pm. 

Exciting: It comes as Mark is set to make his long-awaited return to the Strictly Come Dancing for this year's Christmas special, and will take to the floor with pro Janette Manrara

Exciting: It comes as Mark is set to make his long-awaited return to the Strictly Come Dancing for this year’s Christmas special, and will take to the floor with pro Janette Manrara 

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