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Mo Farah proposed to his wife while watching EastEnders

Who knew the soap's doof doofs could be so romantic?

Published: Friday, 11th September 2015 at 7:00 am

Olympic athlete Mo Farah kept things close to home when proposing to his wife Tania: he did it during EastEnders.


"It was in the living room, we were watching TV, and I’m like, ‘I want to marry this girl’, and I just asked her if she’d marry me," Farah will tell Piers Morgan during tonight's Life Stories.

"She was like, ‘Are you serious?’"

Hopefully he did it just before the doof doofs for dramatic effect, right?

It wasn't a simple case of boy meets girl, boy marries girl with the happy couple, though. They first met as kids, when Mo was 11 and Tania was 14.

"Tania was one person I’d talk to, we were really good friends, I’d go round her house, all the time I’d be on the phone to her."

When he was 18, Farah asked her out, but he got knocked back.

"When she said ‘no’, I was like, okay, whatever, and then I lived my life, went to uni, went crazy, and then realised I still had feelings for her."

When they did finally start seeing each other, Farah admits he took Tania for dates at McDonalds because he didn't want her to know how well he was doing financially.

"I just wanted to test her," he explained.

McDonalds and EastEnders aside, the double Olympic gold medallist gushed: "It’s a good thing I have Tania. If I didn’t have the family and everything, I wouldn’t be where I am."


For the full interview tune into Piers Morgan's Life Stories Friday at 9:00pm on ITV


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