THE POWER OF LOVE: ‘IT WAS SO EMOTIONAL – THERE WASN'T A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE'
OK! UK|October 25, 2021
AFTER 10 YEARS TOGETHER BILLIE AND GREG SHEPHERD EXCLUSIVELY INVITE OK! TO JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS AS THEY LOOK BACK ON THEIR HAPPY RELATIONSHIP
RHONA MERCER
Here at OK!, we don’t like to have favourites, but Billie and Greg Shepherd are right up there. And when we meet the reality stars to discuss their 10-year anniversary party, which we were invited along to, they’re as entertaining as ever.

Much like their dynamic on new show Billie & Greg: The Family Diaries, Greg, 36, is the one cracking jokes throughout, while a slightly more sensible Billie, 31, fills us in on the details of their “amazing” big bash.

The couple, who are parents to Nelly, seven, and four-year-old Arthur, tell us the two-day party, which took place at the Cave Hotel & Golf Resort near Canterbury, was much needed after lockdown.

And emotions at the event, which was attended by Billie’s sister Sam and her close pal Ferne McCann, were clearly running high, with Billie telling us that “romantic” Greg caused everyone to shed a tear.

But despite being more loved-up than ever, the mum-of-two admits that the new dream home they’re building in Essex is making them bicker a lot. And she says they are just like any other couple when it comes to having their ups and downs.

“There’s never been a make or break point,” Billie says. “We tend to let each other know when we’re getting on each other’s nerves.”

Here, the happy couple take a trip down memory lane and reflect with OK! on 10 years together as they talk foodie first dates, how parenthood has changed their relationship and what they love most about each other…

Happy anniversary! How was the party, guys?

Billie: Amazing! It was lovely because we did it across a day and night. Everyone arrived at the venue around midday and we had a few drinks and an afternoon tea. Then the men went and played golf and we went and got ready. The party started at about five-ish. It was brilliant. We had a cocktail booth, a photo booth and it was all decorated lovely.

How many guests did you have?

Billie: We had about 35 people there. It was just family members and close friends. My sister was there with Paul, my friend Ferne McCann, and Adam [Frisby] and Jamie [Corbett] from In The Style. We had a band called Ozzy & Stix, who played throughout the night. And then Greg surprised me with this amazing video with loads of memories and pictures from the last 10 years. At the end of the video the kids sang Crazy by Patsy Cline. Honestly, there was not a dry eye in the house! It was so emotional and lovely. It was a song my Nanny Wendy, who passed away earlier this year, always sang. Then Greg surprised me with a song, didn’t you, Greg?

Greg: Yeah! I’ve always thought of myself as a singer, so I sang Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai for Billie, which is obviously quite a fast-paced song. There had been lots of driving around in the car trying to learn the lyrics a few days before, but we got there in the end.

Did you pull it off?

Greg: I don’t know! Babes, did I pull it off?

Billie: Yeah! It could have gone one way or the other I think, but actually, everyone was dancing and cheering and it was really funny. I could tell there was something going on because Greg was flapping around and rushing me along to do things. I could see he was a bit jittery and now, obviously, I know he was nervous about his big performance.

Greg, did you stay sober beforehand?

Greg: Oh no, we were drinking from midday and this was about 7pm, so I was absolutely Dutch-couraged up. I was ready for it. I wanted to get it done before I got too drunk, though.

Did anyone make a speech?

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