Gail Porter: Keith Flint was the love of my life

Keith Flint and Gail Porter dated in the late 90s. (Neil Munns – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Gail Porter has described ex-boyfriend Keith Flint as the “love of [her] life” in a candid discussion of their relationship.

The presenter dated The Prodigy singer, who died last year at the age of 49, for two years in the late 90s.

Porter, speaking to Louis Theroux on his Radio 4 podcast Grounded, said: "Keith was the love of my life, I absolutely loved him, I miss him, terrible what happened.

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"I think it was the first time I actually felt like, ‘please don’t leave me,’ that kind of love."

The mother-of-one said they initially met after being set up on a blind date.

Gail Porter arrives on the red carpet for the opening night of Quidam, performed by Cirque du Soleil, at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

"I was single and we went out and we did not stop laughing for the entire evening, and then practically that was us together, almost for two years,” she said.

“The good thing was, he didn’t really talk about work, I didn’t really talk about work, we would just go and do fun things.”

The 49-year-old said Flint "had a few issues with a few things" at the time they were asked to travel to the Maldives for the holiday programme Wish You Were Here.

When asked by Theroux if it was due to "mental health or substance", Porter said it was "a bit of everything", and that by the end of the holiday both of them had improved mental health.

Keith Flint of The Prodigy performs live on stage at O2 Apollo Manchester in December 2017. (Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)

However, the relationship came to an end on their return to the UK. "He was on a downer, I was trying to work my hardest, so it was a shame," she said.

Flint was found dead in his home in March last year. A coroner later said he had unspecified amounts of cocaine, codeine and alcohol in his system when he died.

Porter married Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave in 2001 and gave birth to daughter Honey in 2002. They split in 2004.