Len Goodman of 'Dancing With The Stars' weds girlfriend Sue Barrett - reports
Len Goodman, the British and most acerbic judge of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," rang in 2013 as a newly-married man, according to UK reports.
Goodman has not commented publicly. The Daily Mail quoted him as saying: "I've had a marvelous day, and now my gorgeous Sue is the new Mrs. Goodman. ... I wanted it to be a low-key affair, so we didn't tell anyone except my 96-year-old mum as I didn't want her having a heart attack with the surprise."
The outlets said the 30 family members and friends the couple had invited arrived under the assumption that they were attending a Sunday lunch. The Telegraph reported that the ceremony cost £25,000 (almost $40,600) and took place in a private room at the prestigious Mosimann's dining club in the Belgravia district of London.
Goodman, is a former dancer himself and has his own dance school, the Len Goodman Dance Center, in Kent. He is also a judge on "Strictly Come Dancing," the BBC ballroom dancing show on which "Dancing With The Stars" is based.
Goodman wed for the first time in 1972. He and dance partner Cherry Kingston tied the knot on April 27 of that year, two days after his 28th birthday, according to his 2008 memoir, "Better Late Than Never: My Story."
He and Kingston split in the mid-1970s and divorced. In 1980, at age 36, he began a romance with a woman named Lesley, who gave birth to his son James the following year. She and Goodman split when the child was 12. James would grow up to follow his father's footsteps -- he works as a Latin and Ballroom dance teacher at the Len Goodman Dance Centre.
"I've had many wonderful experiences in my life, but the best was meeting my Sue," Goodman wrote in his book. "She has been a brilliant help at the studio, especially during my recent 'television life.'"
Goodman is set to appear on American television again when "Dancing With The Stars" begins its 16th season on March 18 on ABC.