Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Magali Gorré on living the high life
PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 April 2017
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Magali Gorré may have put her Real Housewives of Cheshire role on hold but she’s about to star in her next venture, as Janet Reeder discovers.
Magali Gorré looks every inch a glamorous woman living the high life as she relaxes at Manchester’s skyscraper Hilton Hotel.
She may only have starred in the hit TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire for two series but the patina of fame lingers on, so much so that it’s easy to forget she’s no longer part of an evolving line up of footballers’ wives and glamorous businesswomen.
‘I am talked more about than the people who are in the show,’ laughs Netherlands-born Magali, who left the ITVBe documentary on March 1st last year.
‘That’s why I am still relevant. People liked my character. I am still a Real Housewife because the show is still airing in other countries and I am always going to be a Real Housewife because I was being myself. I was not acting. It was a part of my life I had no problem about showing.’
Her reason for leaving the Real Housewives of Cheshire wasn’t what might drive most of us to pack it all in and take up knitting - the bitchy onscreen dramas which evolved between her co-stars Ampika Pickston, Dawn Ward, Lauren Simon, Leanne Brown and Tanya Bardsley - but more profound than that: her father’s illness and subsequent death.
‘I didn’t need to be in those catfights any more. My father had passed away and they told me to take my break and everything would be OK,’ she says.
‘But when the three other girls (Seema Malhotra, Misse Beqiri and Stacey Forsey) came into the show, people didn’t forget me and I was touched by that. Really! I thought OMG they’ve not even seen the funny side of me. But people said they liked the way I said it as it is and that I had...morals.’ Not that she’s implying the other stars don’t, of course, but she’s been characteristically open about the latest addition to the new series.
‘ I know there’s a new one coming and I know a bit about her.’
The one thing the show taught her was to love Cheshire more than she did already.
She lives in Bowdon with her football coach husband of 21 years, Dean Gorré and has three sons Kenji, Quinten and Aiden, who all play football.
‘I’m proud to live here. Cheshire has so many beautiful places and that’s what the show also suited me. The big mansions. I hadn’t been in some of them before.
‘I’ve lived here for seven years and I fell in love with Cheshire. I fell in love with the beauty of the nature, how people are because don’t forget my kids went to school here, so I got to know people who are born and bred here. People who are old money and people who are basically new money - people who are new money with class and people who are basically new money with no class!
‘Everybody can live in Cheshire. You can have the best of both worlds. In half an hour you can be in the city centre and you can be the city girl, which I adore. You have golf courses, great restaurants, fantastic parks and great schools.
When she’s not making celebrity appearances she can be seen enjoying her favourite Cheshire haunts, which include The Belle Epoque and Gusto in Knutsford, San Carlo in Hale Barns, Piccolino and The Garden in Hale ‘For when I feel like being healthy’.
Magali says she hasn’t ruled out a return to the small screen but her next project is something much more personal as she’s planning to write all about her exploits in Cheshire.
‘I’m focused on the writing. I’d like to show ‘me’ more and not share it between six women. People can read my book. I can’t say more but my friends are going to be delighted.’
Thanks to Hilton Hotels
Hair and make-up: Holly Trickett
Flowers: David Wayman