Pogues singer Shane MacGowan has married his long-term partner Victoria Mary Clarke in an intimate ceremony – watched on by guest of honour Johnny Depp.
The frail frontman, 60, remained sitting in his wheelchair as the couple, who have been together for 32 years, tied the knot in Copenhagen City Hall, Denmark.
They were applauded by a handful of their very closest friends and family, which just so happened to include Hollywood star Johnny.
Wearing a bright red floor-length gown gifted to her by Bella Freud, Victoria, 48. looked beautiful as she said ‘I do’ to her partner of more than three decades.
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Pogues frontman Shane with his new wife Victoria
Shane, who has suffered from ill health in recent years after a lifetime of drink and drug binges, held on to his bride’s hand as she posed with him after the ceremony.
The pair met in a London pub when Victoria was just 16 and Shane 28, and both said they were drawn to each other immediately.
Writing in the Irish Independent a day before their wedding, she revealed that their relationship was marked by drugs, booze and wild sex.
"We grabbed hold of each other, became glued together and hung on for a ride that took us through a world of glamour and fame, creativity and ecstasy, drink, drugs and crazy, wild sex and on to madness, self-destruction and despair, violence, death, betrayal, rage, separation, and sadness and on and on towards revelation, renewal, compassion and hope for the future," she wrote.
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Johnny Depp was among a handful of guests at the intimate ceremony
"Our real life together makes the Fairytale Of New York couple from Shane’s Christmas song seem tame and orderly."
She admitted that, at times, the couple have "loathed and despised" each other – and even wished each other dead – but would "chase [each other] to hell and back".
Shane and Victoria – self-confessed introverts – wanted the absolute opposite of a big white wedding, so chose the relatively anonymous city of Copenhagen for their nuptials.
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The couple have been together for 32 years
Describing their plans as "weird but lovely", Victoria said Johnny had been roped in as their wedding guitarist, while her nieces were doing her makeup.
The couple did away with wedding rings, but Victoria allowed a little tradition to slip in in the form of a speech.
"You might know that you have met ‘The One’, the minute you lay eyes on them across a crowded bar. You might have been mesmerised, enchanted, and entirely convinced that you couldn’t live without them. But you have to be certain," she added.
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