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Kate Silverton has told Express.co.uk she has a “really good story” to tell her children about meeting husband Mike while taking on a dangerous job for BBC News.

The 52-year-old former newsreader first got to know her other half and father of Clemency, 11, and Wilbur, eight, while the former Royal Marine was training her to work in a hostile environment.

Kate was about to travel to Iraq to report from the frontline of the war in 2005 when she was introduced to Mike during a week long war zone training course.

The star, who quit her career as a BBC News reporter in 2021 to pursue her passion for child psychology, said she looks back on her time at the broadcaster with fond memories, as it led her to her partner.

Speaking in an exclusive interview, Kate shared: “I’ve loved my career; it’s been very rich, rewarding, very multifaceted.

“I’ve reported from the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan and from the red carpet at the Oscars.”

She added: “I met my husband as the result of my time at the BBC, because he was training me in a hostile environment.

“It’s a good story, we always joke that we still think we’re on the course!

“But joking aside, I’ve got a lot to be grateful for, my marriage is something I’m very proud of and to have met Mike in that way will be a really good story to tell the children when they’re a little older, I think they’ll probably quite appreciate it.”

Reflecting on the unexpectedly romantic moment, Kate recalled: “He was standing there looking like Action Man, and I was like, ‘oh hello!’

“And then he proceeded to tell me all the things that I was getting wrong on this course, you know, talking too much, that kind of thing.

“Because it’s all very serious, obviously, I was going off to Iraq and to understand, you know, what I would do in the event of being taken hostage, or if I’d been shot, or otherwise. So it was all very serious.”

The duo later began a relationship, and were teamed up to work with one another once again.

Kate admitted: “Then I went to Afghanistan, we were together then, and he spent the whole time telling me what not to do.

“And, of course, he switches on the television and I’m out there on foot patrol doing the things that he said not to do, but then, that’s the life of a journalist.

“That’s what I wanted to do, I wouldn’t do it now. It was very fulfilling and professional.”

Kate married Mike in 2010 after he popped the question when the couple were holidaying in Rome.

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