TV star Alan Hughes admits he has got a âmarmite reactionâ to his dramatic image change after the presenter grew his first ever beard.
âIt has got such a mixed reaction, some loved it some hated it,â Alan tells Sundayworld.com
âIt has been a mixed bag. Somebody said I look sexy, Iâm 20 years doing Ireland AM and I donât think anyone has ever said that, so I’m taking that!â
The Virgin Media star, who was speaking at the stationâs Spring launch this morning, confesses there were a number of reasons behind his new look â which got the thumbs up from his bearded husband Karl Broderick.
âBecause we were off over Christmas and I just let it grow,â he explains. âWe werenât going out, we werenât meeting anyone.
âAnd Karl liked it. Karl has a brilliant beard, his beard if fabulous. He sort of said âkeep itâ and I said âokâ.
âI said âIâll keep it, Iâll call it my lockdown beard and I will keep it until we get out of this lockdown and then I will decide whether to shave it off or notâ.
âBut Iâm keeping if for the moment. Itâs so crazy at the moment, that anything to give you some diversion or something new.â
He adds: âIâve never grown a beard before as Iâm sort of blondie-red and I never really liked it, so Iâm trying it out now.â
Asked if he is suffering from beard rash, he laughed: âYou will have to ask Karl about that!.â
But thereâs no competition between the couple in the beard stakes.
“I would never outdo his, because he has been growing his for years,â he stresses.
Alan also discloses that the couple are at odds over the Covid-19 vaccine.
âI’d be first in line! I’d say give it to me now,â exclaims Alan. âKarl is a bit more wary and would rather see how it pans out as he says we donât know enough about it
âIâm going âwe do know enough, why would you not get it?â.â
The couple staged Peter Pan panto outdoors at Malahide castle last month
âIt was a real yo-yo, where it went ahead, then was stopped and got a reprieve on Christmas Eve for a few days and then was stopped again,â he reflects.
âWe donât know what we will do next year, whether to go ahead at all.â
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