Rebecca Adlington wedding: who is swimming champion’s husband Andy Parsons - and when did they get married?

Adlington was formerly married to fellow competitive swimmer Harry Needs, they share daughter Summer, six.

British Olympian Rebecca Adlington has married her boyfriend and father of her five-month-old son, Andy Parsons.

The couple married in front of many of her fellow Olympic athletes, at a stunning venue in Cheshire.

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The 32-year-old had been dating facilities manager Parsons for three and a half years, after meeting on dating app Bumble.

So, what do we know about the wedding and who is her husband? This is what we know.

When did Rebecca Adlington marry Andy Parsons?

According to Hello magazine, the couple married at Cheshire’s Scarlett Hall on 28 August, in front of around 80 guests.

Adlington walked down the aisle to Tom Odell’s Grow Old with Me, arm in arm with her father Steve.

Her dress was a bespoke design by Turkish designer Zeynep Kartal.

The bride said of her stunning dress: “"Zeynep had made dresses for me before, so she knew what I liked and what works for me.

"We had a little chat and in five seconds flat she’d sketched a dress that I knew was absolutely perfect."

Who else attended the wedding?

Adlington’s daughter Summer, from her first marriage with fellow competitive swimmer Harry Needs, was the flower girl and ring bearer.

fellow swimmers Joanne (Jo) Jackson and Tom Haffield, were bridesmaids, with Haffiled carrying the couple’s son Albie down the aisle.

Also partying the night away with the newlyweds was Team GB swimming coach Bill Furniss, former competitive swimmers Steve Parry, Caitlin McClatchley and Fran Halsall, and Fran’s husband, former England rugby league player Jon Wilkin.

Parsons’ two best men were his cousin Louis Bollard and best friend from school, Mark Wright (not the celeb).

Who is Rebecca Adlington’s husband Andy Parsons?

Andrew Parsons is a facilities manager in Manchester, who attended the Merchant Taylors Boys’ School.

According to his Linkedin, he has also worked as a sales assistant role at Disneyland Paris and a project manager at various companies

Parson’s welcomed his first child, Albie, on 4 March 2021. He is also step-father to Adlington’s daughter, six-year-old Summer.

He said of marrying Adlington: “when Becky started walking towards me with her dad, I just lost it [became emotional]. She had the most beautiful smile on her face. She looked incredible."

Who is Rebecca Adlington’s ex husband?

29-year-old Harry Needs is also a competitive swimmer and now works as a personal trainer.

He and Adlington married in August 2014 and welcomed their daughter in 2015. The couple split after just two years, announcing their separation in 2016.

In August 2020, Needs revealed he is bi-sexual and said he never had the opportunity to explore until recently and did not tell anyone he was bisexual until he entered into his first same sex relationship, in 2019.

On the topic of his marriage to Rebecca, Needs told the BBC: “I only told Becky in the last year [2019]. I only told all my friends and family in the last year but everyone’s reaction for me, especially Becky’s, was really really positive

“It was just like "okay", no-one really cared, I felt like. I really just don’t care about anyone else’s opinion on me. For me love is love, you should be with whoever makes you happy.

“Opening up about their marriage, he said: ‘I absolutely loved my marriage to Becky. It was amazing. I can’t honestly say we had many arguments.

“And I guess that proves why we’re good friends and why we have such a good relationship now, co-parenting our daughter Summer.”

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