Tess Daly gives husband Vernon Kay one last chance after he admitted secretly texting model Rhian Sugden

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by Owen Tonks |

Tess Daly has reportedly decided to give husband Vernon Kay one last chance after he admitted to texting model Rhian Sugden.

Television presenter Vernon confessed he'd been texting former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Rhian behind Tess’s back every day for four months in 2010 after meeting her in a Bolton nightclub.

And he got back in touch with her just before Christmas in a bid to find “closure” on their past relationship.

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess is said to have forgiven her husband but only on the basis he doesn’t contact Rhian, who is engaged to former Coronation Street actor Olive Mellor, again.

A source told The Sun: “Tess is utterly devastated but does not want to give up on her family. She met Vernon on Tuesday night and tore strips off him. This has been so humiliating for her.

“She can’t believe he has been in touch with Rhian again.”

They added: “She is terrified there are more revelations to come. She couldn’t handle that. It nearly destroyed her family six years ago and she thought they had moved on from it all.

“Vernon has obviously apologised for dragging it up again. Tess has forgiven him but only under some very strict conditions. The main one is that he never speaks to Rhian ever again.”

Radio DJ Vernon, who is said to have only told Tess he had been back in touch with Rhian just 24 hours before the news broke, insists he’s done nothing wrong.

In a statement, he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday: “Regarding today’s story: I was contacted by Rhian out of the blue back in December regarding the story in 2010 claiming she had information she wanted to pass on.

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“I recognise how it may look when messages are pulled out of context but there was never inappropriate intent to our communication, I was merely trying to find answers to questions that I’ve had since 2010.

Tess is aware of everything that has been discussed with Rhian.”

Vernon pulled out of an appearance on The One Show on Tuesday and admitted he woke up with a “massive headache” on the morning reports surfaced.

He had arranged to meet up with Rhian in January despite apparently admitting he was being an “idiot” but their plans fell through due to work commitments.

Before Vernon spoke out, a source told The Sun: “He knows he’s been playing with fire and God knows what poor Tess will make of this.”

They added: “Vernon told Rhian he wanted to reconnect with her and gave her a false name in his mobile.

“Sometimes he texted her while he was actually presenting his radio show and it wasn’t long before they were speaking to each other over the phone.”

Vernon admitted he was filled with regret after the original sexting scandal involving him and Rhian in 2010.

He said at the time: “I’ve been an idiot and I’ve let my family down.”

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