EMMERDALE star Lisa Riley has revealed the heartbreaking reason why she’ll never marry her fiance Al.
The revelation comes just weeks after the actress shared her agony over “losing her world” following the death of her beloved mum 10 years ago.
Lisa Riley and fiance Al won’t be getting married despite being engaged for four years
The Emmerdale star’s beloved mum passed away 10 years ago
The actress known for playing Mandy Dingle in the ITV soap has been engaged to Al for four years.
Lisa has said she always knew her big day would be heartbreaking without her late mother by her side.
But now she has revealed Al’s mum – her future mother-in-law – has also passed away, earlier this year.
So now her and fiance Al are planning to just keep things as they are.
Speaking to the Mirror she said: “We don’t want to change anything.
“Both of us talk about it all the time and feel as long as we’re happy we don’t need rings on our fingers.
“We’ve lost both our mums. And when it comes to things like weddings, you do it for the other people.”
Lisa added: “I’m never going to change my name, so really, what would be different? And I wouldn’t be able to wear a wedding band very much because I’ve always got Mandy’s jewellery on.
“Plus, I’ve always said I’m not the kind of girl who wants a big flouncy day with a horse and carriage.”
Just a few weeks ago Lisa posted an emotional tribute to her late mother.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote: “MY FOREVER ANGEL.
“Ten years ago today, I lost my world. I’ve written everything below. don’t be alone when dealing with #grief #keeptalking #pain #today #anniversary.”
She continued: “My BELOVED Mum Cath, lost her battle with cancer ten years ago today, the pain, as I write this, is as raw as it was back then. You’ve heard it said many many times, “it gets easier with time” does it???
“The biggest hole is in my heart always, because my mum was so unique, so funny, so compassionate, so caring, unbelievably happy, so giving with her time, to EVERYONE.
“She literally shone like the brightest star you’ve ever seen, and everybody says the same. “Cath Riley, once met, never forgotten” hearing this still makes me cry. Because I suppose I struggle the most coming to terms with how young she was.
“The lesson I’ve learnt is this. I lean on my nearest and dearest, and for this I’m so incredibly blessed.”
Lisa is a hugely respected soap veteran, first joining Emmerdale as Mandy back in 1995.
She appeared for her on-screen cousin Tina Dingle’s wedding to Luke McAllister and proved so popular producers invited Lisa to return full-time the following year.
She was a key part of the soap until 2000 and returned occasionally over the years before committing to the soap again in 2019.
Lisa has shared her agony over the death of her mother 10 years ago
The actress plays Mandy Dingle on Emmerdale
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