Richard Osman is a British television personality famous for creating and starring in the BBC Two quiz show Pointless. Before appearing on Pointless, Richard had exclusively worked behind the camera as an executive producer and scriptwriter for numerous game shows, including Deal or No deal, Total Wipeout, and 8 out of 10 Cats.
In 2014, Osman started presenting the BBC quiz show, Two Tribes. In 2017, he began hosting his uber-popular show Richard Osman’s House of Games. Richard is a regular on British panel shows such as Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You?
This piece will look at Richard’s love life. We can confirm that he is not married.
Richard Osman feared for his kids after he broke up with his wife in 2007
Richard and his ex-wife amicably divorced in 2007. Osman’s main concern after the divorce was how his two kids, Ruby and Sonny, would deal with the separation. He’d previously spoken of how his father’s departure at the age of 10 affected him, and he didn’t want his children to go through a similar ordeal. Richard told The Guardian:
“When I was ten and my dad called us into the living room and told us he was leaving [is the worst thing anyone has said to me]. No one has managed to top that. A big part of me is still in that room.”
Thankfully, Osman and his ex-wife created a co-parenting schedule that allowed the kids to have access to both parents. For Osman, it was essential that the kids grew up in a loving, supportive environment regardless of the relationship between him and his ex-wife. Richard told TheTimes:
“When my partnership broke up, I did think, ‘Oh God, this is going to be awful.’ I’ve seen my kids nonstop. It was quickly worked out it wasn’t going to be the same, which is an extraordinary relief. They know I love them and I tell them nonstop, which bores them rigid. But I never got told that.”
Richard and jazz singer Sumudu Jayatilaka ended their relationship after dating for over a year
Richard and Sumudu met via mutual friends in 2018. Sumudu is 17 inches shorter than Richard, and he told DailyMail, “I just looked down, and there she was.” After dating secretly for several months, the couple went public with their relationship in early 2019.
According to a source speaking to The Sunday People, the couple broke up in April 2020 after realizing that they were better off as friends. The Times questioned Richard about whether the romance in his new book, The Thursday Murder Club, had anything to do with Sumudu. He declined to answer out of respect to her: “I’d rather not go into all of that because we’re not together, so I’d rather not upset her at all.”
It’s unclear whether Richard fancies getting into another relationship, but he has revealed that his decades-long crush on Kim Wilde persists. “Kim Wilde is probably still my ideal woman, and she still looks amazing,” Osman told DailyExpress. “I’d say I’ve fancied her non-stop for maybe 33 years now.”