Paul O'Grady to write Cilla Black's biography

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 April 2016
Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady has been asked to pen Cilla Black's biography because they shared an unbreakable bond before her death

Cilla Black's family want Paul O'Grady to write her biography.

The 60-year-old star was devastated when his close friend passed away after suffering a stroke last year, and the late 'Blind Date' host's son and manager, Robert, is keen for him to share their stories with the world.

Paul said: "Robert said, 'You're the only one we want to write a book about my mum because we know you'll do her justice.' I've got a wealth of Cilla stories - all the people we met, Yoko, Ringo, all of them."

But the 'Animal Orphans' host has currently got his hands full with another project - restoring a vintage caravan.

He said: "I'm restoring a gypsy caravan. It's a labour of love, but it's gorgeous. It's 150 years old and used to hold a family of six. It's got a stove in it and I've slept in it loads of times. A guy who worked for me came in one morning and said, 'You've got five bedrooms and a big kitchen and you're living in a gypsy caravan.' "

Paul recently travelled to Borneo for 'Animal Orphans' and almost turned his back on his TV career after falling in love with a one-year-old orangutan orphan named Archie.

He admitted to HELLO! magazine: "I was this close to saying, 'I'm not coming back, I'm going to stay with Archie.'

"You get so attached. I'd have cancelled my flight and worked as a volunteer for a few months.. It's heartbreaking to see the baby orangutans and I thought, 'I can't leave you.' But I realised I had to be professional and go home - I had work to do. I adopted him and will definitely go back."

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