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'I thought it was a really funny joke!' Sarah Beeny clarifies marriage comments

Sarah Beeny clarifies marriage comments credit:Bang Showbiz
Sarah Beeny clarifies marriage comments credit:Bang Showbiz

Sarah Beeny has insisted she was trying to tell a "really funny joke" when she said her marriage was "hanging on in there by our fingernails".

The 51-year-old TV presenter has children Billy, 18, Charlie, 16, Raffy, 14, and 12-year-old Laurie with Graham Swift - who she married in 2002 - and the star recently told she had been "horrible" to Graham amid her battle with breast cancer.

While Sarah has now clarifies that she was joking about her marriage situation, she did admit it isn't always "easy", but she is fortunate to have a "supportive" husband and kids.

Speaking on 'Lorraine', she said: "I did a podcast with someone and I told a funny joke, which I thought was a funny joke about marriage.

"It was all the headlines the next day about marriage 'holding on by our fingernails', but that just a really funny joke, actually.

"But I'm not going to say it's easy, because obviously it isn't easy but I think I'm very lucky that I've got a husband and kids who are so supportive."

In October, Sarah - who announced she had beaten cancer earlier this year - hinted that she and Graham had only stayed together for the sake of their children.

Speaking to Gabby Logan on 'The Mid-Point Podcast', she said: "We’re hanging on in there by our fingernails. I mean, it’s not easy, is it? Graham always said, ‘the day we have to work at our marriage, I’m going to leave’. And I was like, ‘really?’ But I think he has had to work at it to be honest. I was being particularly horrible, because I have been a bit horrible in the last couple of years to be honest at times.

"I was being particularly horrible, he said, ‘you know the thing is Sarah, you’re not prepared to leave and have your children half the time, and neither am I, so we’re going to stay together.

"And we’re going to stay together happily or unhappily, so which would you like it to be?’

“And I was like, oh that is quite dark, isn’t it?

“He said ‘you wanna be happy or unhappy, because either way we’re still going to live together’, so I was like, ‘OK we’ll do happy then, shall we?’ he was like, ‘What a good idea.’

“Maybe you should be a bit nicer?’ I was like, ‘yeah alright I will.’ So logical, isn’t it?”