Emmerdales Lisa Riley speaks out on putting wedding on hold

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Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley has defended her right not to marry her fiancé Al, following a recent loss in their family. The 46-year-old has been with her long-term partner for many years and they got engaged four years ago.

The Mandy Dingle star has however always vowed that she will not change her name.

While such a statement may bother some, Lisa said she and Al are very much happy as they are.

She explained to Express.co.uk: “I come from a very devout Catholic family and basically what I’ve realised now with me and Al is, what difference is a ring and a piece of paper?

“We call each other husband and wife, we’ve been together for years and years and years.”

Lisa went on to say the thought of having females on one side of the church and males on the other to watch them marry doesn’t give her happy thoughts.

“It makes me go to a place I don’t want to go to,” she spilled.

“We don’t need that piece of paper in that sense, we’ve both lost a lot of people that we love.”

Lisa’s mum Cathy died following a battle with cancer back in 2012 aged 58.

Recently, her mother-in-law also passed away which she says has been “hard as hell” to cope with.

“Wedding plans really don’t seem important when it’s like that,” she continued.

“It doesn’t mean anything to do with the relationship, we both always say we just don’t know what difference it will make.”

Following their tough time recently, she went on to say she wouldn’t be able to cope with the stress of planning. 

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10 years on from her mum’s death, Lisa said she is still very much missed paticularly on special occasions.

As part of her involvement with Sue Ryder’s Empty Chair campaign, she said: “I always say that mum was the oxygen in the room. Mum made me look timid and that’s not an exaggeration.

“Mum loved the colour yellow and whenever I see it, I think of her and feel her with me.

“Mum’s empty chair is felt by everyone who knows her, not just me.

“She is always missed at special occasions and celebrations, because she was the life and soul of every party.”

New research has found that three quarters of people who have experienced bereavement skip meals because they don’t like eating alone.

Three fifths of grieving people have also said that being invited over for dinner has helped with their grief.

To support the campaign or for further information, visit https://www.sueryder.org/.

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