Alan Carr has broken his social media silence after hitting headlines when his embattled husband Paul Drayton falsely claimed they had a drunken row last week.
The funnyman took to Instagram on Thursday to share a behind-the-scenes snap showing him filming BBC Two show Interior Design Masters in Margate as he joked about being run over by a swanky vintage car.
It comes a week after Paul, 46, who has been married to Alan since 2018, insisted that he sustained a black eye after he punched himself in the face during a drunken binge because ‘I hate myself’ – after sparking speculation Alan caused the bruise.
Run around: Alan Carr has broken his social media silence after hitting headlines following an alleged drunken row with his embattled husband Paul Drayton
Alan seemed keen to distance himself from the row as he beamed at the camera while posing in front of the slick red sports car.
He added the caption: ‘Although it looks like I’m about to be run over – don’t worry I was filming in Margate for Interior Design Masters. A little bit of Carr on car action for your feed this Thursday morning you’re welcome #webuyanycarr’.
Shortly after the post, he shared an image to support a campaign for Neuroblastoma UK charity, which works to research to develop new, more effective & kinder treatment for children with neuroblastoma.
News of a fracas between the couple kicked off last week when Paul posted a picture of himself with a black eye on Instagram telling a fan: ‘We had a bad row.’
Shocking: It comes a week after Paul, 46, who has been married to Alan since 2018, insisted that he sustained a black eye after he punched himself in the face during a drunken binge because ‘I hate myself’ following speculation Alan caused the bruise
Charitable: Shortly after the post, he shared an image to support a campaign for Neuroblastoma UK charity, which works to research to develop new, more effective & kinder treatment for children with neuroblastoma
Within an hour, it was removed with Paul posting: ‘I’m feeling very fragile at the minute and would like to say that Alan would not and has never hit me…
‘And I’m devastated that he has to deal with this today.’
Paul, who has a history of alcoholism told MailOnline: ‘I punched myself in the face because I hate myself. There was no fight. The Instagram post was just a joke, that’s all.’
Paul admitted that he had ‘fallen off the wagon’ but that he was getting help.
Married: Alan confirmed in a statement shortly after his husband posted the black eye image the injury was a result of him ‘being back on the wagon’ and he had not been involved in the incident – pictured on their wedding day back in 2020
Never: Paul removed the photo from Instagram within an hour last Wednesday after telling a fan ‘We had a bad row’ and took to Instagram the next day to insist the comedian, 45, ‘has never hit me’
He added: ‘I bet a lot of people are wondering what it’s all about but I’m getting the help I need.’
As he was speaking at his house in West London, he was joined by an elderly woman who refused to identify herself.
She said: ‘We are getting help for Paul from the people that matter.’
Alan confirmed in a statement shortly after his husband posted the black eye image the injury was a result of him ‘being back on the wagon’ and he had not been involved in the incident.
Statement: Paul, who has a history of alcoholism told MailOnline: ‘I punched myself in the face because I hate myself. There was no fight (pictured with Alan in 2020)
He told The Sun: ‘While I was away filming on location the past few weeks, Paul fell off the wagon and started drinking again. When I arrived back home from Wales, Paul was covered in scratches and bruises from a drinking binge.’
The Chatty Man host added: ‘We are now working together to get the help he needs to get better which is our number one priority right now.’
After a concerned fan commented on Paul’s photo asking: ‘What the hell happened? Sending my love,’ he replied: ‘We had a bad row’, and added a crying face emoji.
According to The Sun, Paul’s famous friends were quick to share their concerns, with Carol Vorderman commenting: ‘We love you Paul,’ and Tamzin Outhwaite asking: ‘When was this? Are you OK?’
Vegas nuptials: The pair are seen on their wedding night in Las Vegas
The paper added that Paul’s post comes three days after he shared a photo of himself wearing a vomit-stained T-shirt alongside the caption: ‘This is what alcoholism does to you. My gorgeous husband took this pic.’
MailOnline has reached out to Alan’s representatives for comment.
Last August, Alan revealed lockdown had tempted his teetotal husband to start drinking again.
The pair spent the pandemic isolating together on their farm outside London.
Paul went into rehab in 2018 for alcohol problems the same year he married Alan at Adele’s home in LA.
Alan said: ‘While I was away filming on location the past few weeks, Paul fell off the wagon and started drinking again’ (pictured 2019)
Alan told the Kelly Hoppen podcast last year: ‘It’s been tough for Paul during lockdown. He’s been saying, ”Oh, shall we get a bottle?” and I say, ”No, we’re not getting any rosé wine in”.
‘He’s been so good and I’m so proud of him.’
The Chatty Man host went alcohol free to support his husband but has since started drinking again.
He said: ‘I like eating and drinking, but it was ridiculous before – we were cracking open a bottle of rosé because it was a Monday.
‘We were out of control. It was a laugh, but looking at Paul, sometimes the party has to stop.’
He added: ‘I enjoy a drink and I have it on special occasions now, it’s a real treat for me.’
‘With lockdown and the rise of podcasts it’s reawakened my chatting.
‘It’s made me want to chat more to people, and I’m quite good at it and I like chatting to people.’
The couple wed in an idyllic ceremony in Los Angeles in front of just four guests in January 2018, before enjoying a relaxing honeymoon in Mexico – but have kept their relationship low profile.
His best pal Adele officiated the wedding ceremony, and he later revealed during an appearance on This Morning in April 2018 that she also paid for the entire wedding.
The couple became engaged in 2016 when they were on holiday in Indonesia.
When Paul popped the question, Alan thought he had had a dental accident while chowing down on his dessert – only to reveal his beau had hidden an engagement ring in the pudding.
Rehab: Paul went into rehab in 2018 for alcohol problems the same year he married Alan at Adele’s home in LA (pictured together with Adele)
Alan has been open about Paul’s battle with alcoholism and spoke about it in his book ALANATOMY.
He said: ‘I want to be there for him because he’s the best thing that’s happened to me and I’ve got to support him and everything.’
Talking about his demons, Alan admitted: ‘To be honest, it was a tough year for my Paul. He had a few issues with alcohol, and a lot of the time that was because I was away so much.
‘I was out there, working hard, earning the money, and I neglected my personal life, really, so I feel a little bit to blame for that.’
However, Alan is adamant he has no interest in becoming a dad, and neither does Paul.
Setting the record straight on whether he planned a family back in 2015, the funnyman quipped: ‘I am so not broody. I don’t have a fatherly bone in my body. I struggle with two dogs, I forget to feed them sometimes, let alone a baby.
‘Plus, everyone who has kids looks terrible. I see people and say, ‘Are you on crack?’ and they’re like, ‘No, I’ve got two kids’. Paul luckily isn’t into kids either.’
Candid: Alan has been open about Paul’s battle with alcoholism and spoke about it in his book ALANATOMY (pictured together in 2015)