Paul Henry set to marry long-time love

Last updated 23:58 11/10/2008
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Paul Henry is set to marry his long-time love Linzi Dryburgh.

Sunday News has been told the popular TV One Breakfast host proposed to Radio Pacific producer Dryburgh after she told him: "Marry me or forget our relationship".

The ultimatum came after Henry, 48, was seen out and about with Rich List businesswoman Diane Foreman, who two years ago was alleged to be having an affair with former National Party leader Don Brash.

In June, Henry announced he was taking a two-month break from hosting Breakfast to spend time with his children but was later reported to have flown first-class to London with Foreman by his side.

"Linzi was not happy when he was linked to Diane Foreman," a close friend of the couple told Sunday News.

"She told him he had two choices to marry her or forget about the whole relationship.

"It was a no-brainer for Paul.

"He chose to marry Linzi."

The source said Henry had ended his friendship with Foreman before proposing to Dryburgh.

"Paul and Linzi have had such a long, tortured love affair and it's really all terribly romantic.

"This is so romantic. Paul has realised he wants to spend the rest of his life with Linzi and he's asked her to marry him."

Another friend added: "They make the most beautiful couple and everybody who knows them knows that Paul and Linzi are perfect for each other.

"They seem to have been together forever and they are just so adorable for each other.

"She's smart, she's witty, she's fast-paced and she's everything Paul needs in a partner.

"She's helped him to realise that and he has asked her to marry him."

The couple met several years ago following the breakdown of Henry's marriage to his first wife, Rachel Hope, with whom he has three teenage daughters and who he is understood to have recently divorced.

"It was love at first sight for both of them.

"It's only right that they are now looking to get married," one of our sources said.

Henry in the United States filming for Breakfast was last night unable to be contacted for comment.

Dryburgh refused to comment on the upcoming nuptials when approached by Sunday News.

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