How Jenny and Lee met Gogglebox – and do they really live in a caravan?

Jenny Newby and Lee Riley are two of the most beloved characters on Gogglebox, keeping fans hyped every Friday night their way. So how exactly did they meet – and do they live together?

Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have a very special relationship going on on Gogglebox
Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have a very special relationship going on on Gogglebox

They’ve been on our screens for eight years now, but how much do we really know about Gogglebox breakout stars Jenny Newby and Lee Riley?

The couple, who live in Hull, have entertained us with their best friendship since 2014, with quick quips, great eye-popping reactions, and brutal acts on each other.

They lifted the morale of the nation in stalemate as it emerged, they moved in together to self-isolate so the show could go on.

Since their debut, we’ve seen Jenny show off her detective skills with her ‘H’ notebook in last year’s grueling Line Of Duty series, Lee accidentally eating Jenny’s face cream after thinking it was delicious food, and Jenny dyed all of Lee’s face washes orange after messing them up in a colored towel.

But how did the reality show couple meet, and what has kept them together for so long?

Are Jenny and Lee from Gogglebox in love?

Jenny and Lee have been living together during the lockdown – but being ‘friends for nothing’, as they gleefully told fans


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Hahahahahaha. HAAA. Short answer: no. Long answer: No.

Jenny was happily married to husband Ray, who had never appeared on the show and had declined to participate when Gogglebox recruiters approached Jenny at Beverley Races Ladies Day.

Instead, she begged Lee to join her – and he was pretty much convinced.

“I did not [at Beverley Races] But she asked me if I wanted to sit down and try filming with her,” Lee told Hull Daily Mail

“I never watched Gogglebox, it was just getting started, so I started filming swearing because she kicked me out of bed on my day off.”

Lee’s partner Steve Mail has also never appeared on the show, as Ray likes to stay out of the limelight, but Lee regularly pays tribute to him on social media.

Jenny and Lee with her partner Steve, who usually lives in Cyprus


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After spending the summer of 2021 together abroad, Steve shared a photo of them together by the pool and captioned it: “Happy 53rd birthday to my other half and friend My dearest in the world love you to the moon and thank you for a wonderful summer here in beautiful Cyprus.

The happy couple don’t seem to live together but have a long term relationship that spans across Europe.

Gogglebox How did Jenny and Lee meet?

The couple have been friends for 28 years and still going


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Jenny and Lee first met in 1994 when she was the owner of a pub in Yorkshire – and they quickly became inseparable.

“Lee was a customer at my pub, The Crown Inn in Paull,” she told Ireland’s Big Issue.

“He became a regular in 1994 and used to come here pretty much every night with his partner and we’re close friends.

“We’ve been best friends ever since.”

Lee joked: “I wish I had never been to a pub – it cost me dearly.

“When I first met her, she had her hair permed and I can remember thinking, ‘she needs a haircut.’ We became instant best friends.”

He added: “I don’t think we’ve ever had an argument. We were too light-hearted to argue. She made me laugh so much that I never fell in love with her.”

Do Jenny and Lee live together and who owns the caravan?

Best Friends serves a lot of dramatic, funny and tearful moments on Gogglebox

It was actually Lee’s caravan and was stationed at Patrington Haven caravan park in Hull, where Lee lived while he was not abroad. Jenny normally lives with her husband Ray in another place.

They temporarily lived together during their first lip-lock in spring 2020, just to make sure they could continue filming while Lee’s partner Steve was in Cyprus.

They tweeted their news from their shared account, with Lee writing: “Well we can say it’s Friday and it’s still on #Gogglebox.

“Jenny and I are watching together as we’re both locked down SAME friends with no benefit. I can add a laugh to stay safe, stay healthy #StayHomeSavesLives.”

After nine long weeks in the caravan, Jenny leaves Lee to return home to Ray.

“I’ll miss you when I get home. Have you bought me a gift to leave?” she asked Lee on camera.

“Yeah. A f**king suitcase,” Lee replied.

Are Gogglebox’s Jenny and Lee related?

The couple have long joked about being ‘married’, but are longtime best friends



Although there is a lot of speculation on social media about Lee being Jenny’s son, the couple is not related at all.

They have been friends for 28 years and counting, with Jenny set to turn 66 in June of this year and Lee just a few years younger at 52.

Have Jenny and Lee left Gogglebox yet?

Definitely not – in fact, you’ll see them both tonight and every Friday for the next few weeks on Channel No. 4.

However, there was much speculation that they would drop the show in December 2021 when Jo Whiley mistakenly told Radio 2 listeners that they were leaving the cast.

Lee and Jenny immediately paid for the rumors, told them Twitter fans thought Jo was “completely wrong” with a string of crying and laughing emojis.

Jo replied, “I am SOOOO Sorry!!! I totally thought I read you were leaving, I’m sure I did! Maybe I dreamed it. I was really happy when I did! Listen to that. Love you two, just like Chris [Martin from Coldplay]. “

* Gogglebox series 19 premieres tonight at 9pm on Channel 4

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