She added: ‘When you’re busy and work a lot, it’s important to surround yourself with people who have a similar work ethic, so you don’t judge each other.‘It makes such a difference in a relationship because you understand and the demands you place on each other are reasonable.I think that’s key – to have someone who can support you in that way. We come from completely different backgrounds, but there are certain things in life that I think draw you together and attract you to another person.‘We have a lot of common threads and a lot of our ideas about life and how you live it are the same, so I think those things pull us together.’When asked if her parents approved of her boyfriend, she laughed: ‘Yeah, they love him to pieces. ’Miss Thompson, who grew up in Hertfordshire with a younger sister, added: ‘Like every mum and dad, they just want me to be happy and as long as they see you’re happy and the person you’re with is making you happy, then there are no grumbles.’She added that Donnelly was taller than anyone in her family, joking: ‘My dad is 5ft 5in, my mum is 5ft 3in and my sister is 5ft 1in, then there’s me who’s 5ft. You get to be Gulliver even if you’re only 5ft 6in!'It was a bit of a thunderbolt moment but a thunderbolt that took years before it became anything real.
It’s very special…he makes me very happy.’Working in the male-oriented environment of sports presenting, Georgie once said she’d never date a sportsman ‘because it would only bring me grief’, but when it came to handsome Ainslie, well, who could blame her for tossing that particular rule out of the window?
‘It was probably a very naive thing for me to have said as it’s now come back to bite me on the backside,’ she laughs, ‘but you can’t choose the person you’re going to fall in love with…
Nobody else was involved and they remain good friends.’A friend said: ‘Dec and Georgie had a good relationship, and naturally friends were hoping it would end in marriage, but things just ran their course.‘They’re both disappointed, but still remain very fond of each other.’ Miss Thompson, a Sky Sports presenter who also stars on Sky One panel show A League Of Their Own, impressed Donnelly - a lifelong Newcastle United supporter - with her encyclopaedic knowledge of sports, even though she is an avid Fulham supporter.
Not only that, with Miss Thompson standing at a petite 5ft tall, Donnelly towered over his girlfriend by six inches.
And while Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong were sat next to them, the couple looked as though they only had eyes for each other.
Dec is believed to have started dating Ali, who managed both Ant and Dec's careers for over a decade, early last year but only went public in October 2013.and it just means I have to be in the gym a lot more than I used to be!’ ‘I’m 5ft; he’s 6ft, and it’s good because he puts a protective arm around me.’ Their differing careers also work to the couple’s advantage, ‘because I understand his world but I’m not in it so I can be that person who listens but at the same time can offer a different perspective, and he’s the same with me.It was unsurprising, then, that rumours of an impending engagement continued to swirl around the couple.But a spokesman for Donnelly, who is currently co-hosting Britain’s Got Talent with his best friend and co-star Ant Mc Partlin, told the Mail: ‘Dec and Georgie’s relationship has sadly come to an end.Declan Donnelly of TV partnership Ant and Dec has married fiancee Ali Astall at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle.