Paul O’Grady’s husband Andre shares their last photo together


The late Paul O'Grady and his husband Andre Portasio
Image: Instagram

Paul O’Grady’s husband Andre Portasio has spoken out about the death of the UK drag and TV legend and shared their last photo.

Sadly, the entertainer who created drag queen Lily Savage died “unexpectedly but peacefully” this week at age 67.

Andre, who married Paul in 2017, shared to Instagram a photo of the pair on a holiday in January. He said it is the last ever photo they took together.

In a message, Andrew thanked well-wishers and said he’s been “touched” by the support.

“In time I hope to write to everyone individually and thank you for all posts, messages, phone calls, emails, cards and flowers of support,” he wrote.

“I much appreciate you all taking the time to reach out. I’m so very touched and I’m sure Paul would be too!

“Browsing for a picture I found the last picture we ever took together. Unbeknownst to us back in January this would be our last ever holiday together.”

Royal Vauxhall Tavern pays tribute to Paul O’Grady

After Paul O’Grady’s death, tributes poured in to the drag legend.

During his early years, Paul famously performed as Lily Savage at London gay bar The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

One night in 1987, Lily was interrupted by police officers bursting in, wearing rubber gloves in an anti-gay raid. Lily quipped, “Well well, it looks like we’ve got help with the washing up.”

This week, resident drag queen Michael Twaits took to the venue’s stage to deliver a lovely tribute to the Lily Savage star.

“Today we lost one of the greatest drag artists the UK has ever seen,” Michael said.

“Eight years of doing solo shows… and also doing shows like tonight, introducing new talent to the LGBT+ scene.

“It is this building, this building was where it happened.”

The drag performer said Paul O’Grady took his art from the pub stage into the mainstream, including “into breakfast f___ing television,” all the while staying true to himself and his working class roots.

“Paul O’Grady and Lily Savage were absolute legends of the community,” he said.

“Obviously, it’s time to have a moment’s silence [but] I don’t think a moment’s silence is right.

“I think it’s a moment’s applause, a moment’s love, a moment’s cheering – a moment of making a lot of f___ing noise.”

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Jordan Hirst
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