Former Pop Idol contestant and stage star Darius Campbell has secretly tied the knot to a Hollywood star in a hush-hush ceremony.
The singer – who found fame when he boastfully scolded talent show bosses for axing him – has found love with Natasha Henstridge, whose films include sci-fi hit Species.
He told Hello! magazine: “No-one knew we were there and that sense of it just being for us was very exciting – it felt a little bit naughty and secretive.”
The couple were accompanied by only Natasha’s sons Tristan, 12 and Asher, nine, as they married at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
The couple’s wedding photos are published by the magazine.
“It was a very hard secret to keep,” said the 36-year-old actress, who wore a short white Monique Lhullier dress. “It was really spontaneous.”
Darius – then Darius Danesh – first caught the public’s attention in the ITV show Popstars.
After he failed to make it into the line-up of Hear’Say, who were assembled by the show, he then went on to take part in the first series of Pop Idol, which was won by Will Young.
He has since become a stage star and moved to the US.
The couple – who became engaged in 2007, toyed with marrying in Scottish castle, or in Natasha’s native Canada but they went for the low-key approach at the US ranch.
“It’s where the Kennedys honeymooned, and where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier said their vows, so it has a real sense of history,” said Darius.
They met seven years ago on a pedestrian crossing in LA. They briefly split last year but went on to rekindle their relationship.
“The universe conspired and I saw a lot of things much more clearly,” Natasha said.
And Darius added: “I’ve always known the grass is not greener. Wanting to spend your life with someone is a realisation that can take seven years or happens instantly.”