Lionel Blair, 88, reveals he stole his best friend's girlfriend and MARRIED her as he claims he has always LIED about his age
He's something of a dapper chap - showbiz icon Lionel Blair revealed he stole his best friend's girlfriend and married her during a frank interview on Wednesday.
The 88-year-old appeared on Loose Women ahead of his 50th wedding anniversary in March and admitted that he didn't get with his bride, Susan, in the usual way.
He said: 'I went to my friend's house for a dinner party and his girlfriend was there. He took a call on the phone.
Coming clean: Lionel Blair, 88, revealed he stole his best friend's girlfriend and MARRIED her as he claims he has always LIED about his age
True love: Lionel said he knew as soon as he met his wife, he would marry her - they will celebrate their 50 year anniversary in March (pictured in 2014)
'I walked in the room and honestly, I took one look at her and it hit me. I thought, "that's the girl I am going to marry".
'I had to go to Hong Kong to do Cabaret and I came back and six weeks later, we were married.'
Lionel, whose birthday is on Monday, the same day as Frank Sinatra's, also revealed his real age is 88, having always said he is three years younger.
Cheeky: Lionel, who celebrates his birthday on Monday revealed that he has always lied about his age until now, shaving three years off. A quick Google search claims he is 85
A quick Google search claims he is 85.
He said: 'I've always lied about my age. All my life, up until now. I want to live as long as Kirk Douglas.'
The star said he was thrilled to receive the perfect present from his wife - a fur lined suede coat and a lovely dinner from his family.
He added that his love of work has helped to keep him feeling young.
'I am booked up through January,' he said. 'I've got to keep working. The phone doesn't always go. I'm just back from India.'
To the beat: While on the show, Lionel enjoyed a spectacular dance session with Penny Lancaster
A tasty treat: Lionel posed with his cake after the show and looked absolutely thrilled
Tap-fab! Lionel was keen to keep his dancing shoes on as he showed fof his skills
Lionel also talked about his full head of hair, saying: 'It's all my own. That's what kills people.'
He also brought in a special silver dollar and showed the rest of the panel which had been given to him by Sammy Davis Junior.
The coin had been engraved with the words: 'Because I dig you,' on the back.
While on the show, Lionel enjoyed a spectacular dance session with Penny Lancaster and was gifted with a birthday cake.
Loving life: Lionel beamed a huge smile as he was pictured leaving the studios
Heading out: He reached for a packet of cigarettes as he made his way out of the building
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