Vernon Kay thinks communication can be "more intimate" than sex.

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay have been married since 2003

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay have been married since 2003

The 49-year-old TV star has been married to 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-host Tess Daly since 2003, and Vernon has suggested that good communication has been one of the keys to their success.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I think sometimes communication can be more intimate.

"Physical is physical but when you’re chatting and being open and honest, and you’re intimate in that way, that’s a bigger connection, isn’t it?

"When you’re 93 you’re probably not going to be s******* from the rafters ... maybe I’ll try the Viagra by then!

"Intimacy is not just being in bed and making love. Intimacy stretches to all aspects of life.

"The best thing you can do is just talk to each other - put the kettle on and chat.

"Sometimes you have to bite your tongue, but you’ve also got to come out with stuff that’s bothering you because when you don’t, that’s when it festers and grows, and things become more difficult. Communication is key."

Despite this, Vernon still worries about getting older.

In particular, the TV star fears that one day, Tess might no longer be attracted to him.

He shared: "I think sex is still important in a marriage, though, because your bodies are both different, and love is evolving constantly.

"Travelling through life together starts when you get married, but your bodies change, and my body - I know for a fact - doesn’t look like it did when we first met when I was 22.

"I worry about it, and I think hiding behind a ‘dad bod’ is a sad excuse.

"I don’t think men should be using it as an excuse not to look after themselves - you should look after yourself if you’re able to and you can. I always want to be in peak shape physically."

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