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    Little Britain star Matt Lucas became the first celebrity gay divorcee today.
    The 34-year-old comedian was granted a 'quickie' divorce in just 75 seconds from his partner Kevin McGee, 31, on the grounds of McGee's unreasonable behaviour.
    The dissolution of the 18 month civil partnership, which was rubber-stamped alongside 30 others in the High Court, could cost Mr Lucas around £5million.



    No longer Prince Charming: Matt Lucas and Kevin McGee at their wedding reception in December 2006, the couple were granted a divorce today
    Neither attended the hearing but court papers revealed Mr Lucas stated that although McGee's behaviour had not affected his health it was still 'continuing'.
    When the split was announced in June this year Mr Lucas' busy work schedule was blamed for the couple growing apart.
    They married in a civil ceremony in December 2006 followed by a lavish pantomime themed reception at a 17th century palace, attended by guests including Elton John, Courtney Love, David Walliams , Paul O'Grady and Barbara Windsor.
    Lucas dressed as Aladdin while McGee came as Prince Charming.
    Matt Lucas plays characters including 'Andy' on the Little Britain show

    But the comic, who met his partner at a nightclub in 2002 and became engaged in May 2006, separated 18 months after they wed.
    They shared a £2m home in Regent's Park, London, before the split and Lucas has remained at the home.
    The TV writer has employed top divorce lawyers Mischon De Reya who also acted in the divorces of Princess Diana and Heather Mills suggesting that he will fight paying a high financial settlement.
    Legal experts say that Mr McGee could be eligible for up to half of the money earned during their six year relationship.
    The pair lived together for almost four years prior to marrying and Mr Lucas' greatest success, Little Britain, was first aired on TV in 2003, while they lived together.
    Mr Lucas reportedly signed a £6million golden handcuffs deal with the BBC along with Little Britain costar David Walliams in 2006.
    David Allison, partner at Family Law in Partnership, said: 'We have got to see what happens there haven't been many cases gone before.
    'It is illegal to discriminate against gay people and the provisions for financial orders are basically the same for heterosexual and same sex couples. Of course there will be some differences as less gay couples will have children.
    'The court will look at what had been built up by the couple in the six years and divide it pretty equally.
    He added: 'But Mischon de Reya are not known for settling. They have a pretty traditional approach to legislation. It is a real shame when high profile people choose to fight it out.'

    Civil partnership laws enabling same sex legal unions came into force in December 2005.

    Divorced: Little Britain star Matt Lucas is the first celebrity to have a gay divorce after splitting from partner Kevin McGee, pictured in happier times

    Although same sex unions do not include any reference to 'marriage'', the new legal state offers most of the benefits previously allowed only to two married heterosexuals.
    These include income, inheritance and other taxes, pension rights and the legal recognition of a civil partner as 'next of kin'. Several celebrity gay couples have taken advantage of the law. The highest profile to date is Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish.
    The ending of a civil union is technically referred to as dissolution.
    Government figures show the number of civil partnerships have fallen with 8,728 same-sex partnership ceremonies taking place in 2007, compared with 16,106 in 2006.

    Little Britain's Matt Lucas becomes first celebrity gay divorcee | Mail Online

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    What a strange looking little man.



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    I haven't the foggiest idea who either of them are. Matt Lucas looks very spongy and doughy and his ex-hubby has a ridiculous head of hair.
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