The entertainment world has been stunned by the news of Stephen Fry ‘s prostate cancer battle.
But few will be more surprised than his husband of three years, Elliott Spencer.
The 30-year-old, who is thirty years younger than Fry, will surely be feeling the brunt of the news- and no doubt helping Fry through this testing time.
But who exactly is he? Are they still together? And can their age-disparate relationship survive this news?
Who is Elliott Spencer?
Stephen Fry and his husband Elliott Spencer (Image: REUTERS)
Elliot was born in Southampton and bills himself as a self-proclaimed comedian who occasionally dabbles in writing – although he’s spent recent years happily ensconced in Fry’s shadow.
He’s friends with Jimmy Carr and David Mitchell, who are believed to have helped match the pair.
A keen user of social media, Elliott has more than 17,000 followers on Twitter, where he describes himself as “A mystery…a hot-footed nomad exploring the globe.”
Stephen and Elliott at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2017 (Image: Barcroft Media)
How did they meet?
The two men were introduced in autumn 2014 and soon began dating – although discreetly.
During that time they attended a number of occasions together – including the Tony Awards – but were not photographed side-by-side.
Eventually, they announced their romance when, on December 23, Stephen made a formal application to marry at a register office in Dereham, Norfolk – his home county.
Previously, Fry had been in a 15-year relationship with Daniel Cohen, which ended in 2010.
Stephen and Elliott wed on 17 January 2015 – later announcing the news on Twitter. (Image: Getty Images)
When did they marry?
Stephen and Elliott wed on 17 January 2015 – announcing the news on Twitter.
Sharing an image of themselves signing the registry, Fry captioned it: “Gosh. @ElliottGSpencer and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one. Amazing.”
The couple then relocated to Los Angeles after Fry became tired of the UK’s weather, press interest and increasing snowflake culture.
He also believed there’s more opportunity for Spencer to launch his keen-awaited comedy career, should he desire it.
The couple then relocated to Los Angeles after Fry became tired of the UK’s weather, press interest and increasing snowflake culture (Image: CameraSport)
Are they still together?
Although most people expressed surprise – and concern – when Fry announced his nuptials to a much younger man, they’re still going strong.
Granted, it’s still technically the honeymoon period, but their relationship will certainly be put to the test over the coming months.
We wish them all the best…