Gethin Jones has laughed off fooling his celebrity pals into thinking he was married after he shared a snap of a gold band on his wedding finger.
The Welsh presenter, 42, who was filming an advert for a jewellers at the time, soon received a flood of well wishes after posting on social media in September.
Reflecting on the gaffe, Gethin joked he ‘should think more’ before adding it’s ‘no secret’ he ‘would love to get married and be a father’ in an interview with The Mirror.
! Gethin Jones has laughed off fooling his celebrity pals into thinking he was married after he shared a snap of a gold band on his wedding finger (pictured in August)
Explaining what happened, Gethin said: ‘I should sometimes think more… I had tagged the jewellers in and then I turned my phone off.
‘By the time I got back, there was a story saying I had got married. It was just mad, I’m still single.’
Despite not having tied the knot just yet, the TV regular added that he would like to settle down and be a dad, with him loving to spend time with his nephew.
He said: ‘I have never made a secret of the fact that I would love to get married and be a father.’
As for his dating life, Gethin did admit that his pals have been trying to set him up and done ‘their fair share of match making’.
He joked: ‘But I am not a serial dater, maybe when lockdown is over, I can do speed dating for weeks on end.’
Gethin Jones sparked marriage speculation back in September after sharing a picture of a gold wedding band alongside the caption: ‘It’s been a big day’.
Heartthrob Gethin tricked a slew of stars including; Vernon Kay, Gabby Roslin and Charlotte Hawkins, who had all flooded the comment section with congratulatory messages.
Still single: Gethin later took to Instagram to clarify the mix-up, with him now joking that he should ‘think more’
The former Blue Peter presenter tagged jewellers Clogau, where men’s gold wedding bands cost between £490 to £1,320, with some twigging what Gethin’s post was about.
Gethin later took to Instagram to clarify the mix-up, delighting fans who said their 2020 was ‘ruined’ by the news he had tied the knot.
He captioned the post: ‘Great day on set with @clogaugold … these guys treat me well, a wedding and a family (inc a dog) all in one day. Spoiler: I didn’t *actually* get married in secret and yes, I’m still single!’
He told fans in the video: ‘Just finished filming for the day and put my phone on to lots of messages.
The wife: Gethin later uploaded a shot of him and his ‘wife’, model Nikki during the Christmas themed shoot
Fake family: The heartthrob also posed with child actors who played his son and daughter
Inundated: He told fans in a video: ‘Just finished filming for the day and put my phone on to lots of messages. Oops’
‘Oops. Yeah, it has been a big day… because I got a wife, daughter and a dog.
‘Today we celebrated Christmas. I can confirm that after time-traveling that the festive season is going to be brilliant. So yeah I’ve been filming a Christmas advert for Clogau.’
Dozens of celebs had rushed to congratulate Gethin after the post, with Vernon Kay writing: Hang on big b**ls…….Stag Do….errrr hellllloooooo!!!!!’
While Eddie Boxhall, the fiancé of former Big Breakfast star Denise Van Outen, wrote: ‘Congratulations to you both!!! Wishing you a lifetime full of love pal.’
And This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams typed: ‘Oooohhhhhh Congratulations’, while Helen Skelton commented with two love heart emojis.
Gethin was previously engaged to Katherine Jenkins before the couple separated in December 2011 following a five-year relationship.
Speaking in 2014, mezzo-soprano Katherine claimed it was Gethin who initiated their split, shortly before she embarked on a world tour.
She: told Wales Online: ‘At the end of 2011 when Gethin and I broke up, the reality of it was that about two weeks later I had to go on a UK tour where every night I’m singing songs of heartbreak and every day just trying to find the energy to cope let alone going on stage and understand his reason for doing it.
‘Meanwhile everybody else is under the impression it was my decision, my ambition, I wanted to take over the world. It was so far from the truth.’
Gethin is now set to appear alongside Kym Marsh in a new BBC show, Morning Live, that will run against ITV’s Lorraine at 9.15am.
The daytime series aims to be ‘a lively and entertaining mix of topical content and expert advice’ and will air from 9:15 until 10:00 on weekdays, going directly against broadcaster Lorraine’s ITV hit.
It is commissioned to run for 40 episodes, taking viewers up to Christmas, with a view to extending into 2021.
Old times: Gethin was previously engaged to Katherine Jenkins before the couple separated in December 2011 following a five-year relationship (pictured together in 2010)