Victoria Derbyshire weds
26 April 2019 - 9:00 AM

Victoria Derbyshire weds

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Victoria Derbyshire has got married.

The 50-year-old broadcaster secretly wed Mark Sandell - the father of her two sons Oliver, 14, and 12-year-old Joe - in a low-key ceremony in front of family and friends at their home in Surrey last autumn, The Sun newspaper reports.

Victoria proposed to Mark the day after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

Speaking in 2017, she recalled: "My first official day of living with cancer was August 1, 2015.

"So I got up and went downstairs and announced to Mark that we had been together for 15 years and we should get married. He's been married before and he said with a straight face, "I think marriage is overrated to be honest."

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"It completely broke the tension and yeah, one day we will get married, but I'm not telling you when."

Victoria, who was given the all-clear last year, previously admitted to writing goodbye letters to her sons the night before she underwent a mastectomy.

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She said: "It was life-saving surgery. I had a fear about the anaesthetic, rather than getting rid of a breast. That was fine, it had cancer in there, get rid of it. I just worried, what if I don't wake up?

"I know that was irrational - that was the anxiety in the run up to the operation.

"The only way I could get to sleep the night before was to write two letters - one to Oliver who is my oldest son, who was 11 at the time, and one to Joe, who was eight at the time, just to tell them - I'm going to cry, sorry - just to tell them how much I love them and remind them of funny things they'd done throughout their life.

"Remind them a bit about how they were born - because Oliver took ages to come out, Joe was out in two hours... they love those stories.

"Just remind them to be polite when they grow up and have manners."

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