Nigerian born British singer-songwriter, Ben Ofoedu, who is most famous for being the former lead singer of the duo Phats & Small, has said that the secret to his successful marriage is that he and his wife share separate bedrooms.

He also revealed that in their 12 years of marriage, he has never seen his wife without make-up, saying it’s another secret to their successful union.

“I wouldn’t know who she was without makeup,” he jokes, as the two of them appears on a British panel show, Loose Women.

He and his spouse, television and radio presenter, Vanessa Feltz, have been married for 12 years. However, Vanessa claims that Ben has never seen her without makeup on.

Fifty-six-year-old Vanessa argues that even if one wakes up with eyeliner messily smeared under the eyes in the morning, it is still better than a makeup-free face.

She says: “When I was a teenager, my sister and I discussed this and I think smudged eyeliner the day after is better than no makeup whatsoever.”

The radio presenter describes her husband a “sensitive soul,” saying she believes that he might get a shock if he saw her without any makeup on.

“I think he’s a sensitive soul; he’s quite young and I think he’d have a shock,” she says of her 45-year-old husband.

Ben agrees and even confesses that Vanessa wore bright red lipstick while on a swimming date.

He teases: “I wouldn’t know who she was [without makeup];” before adding: “I didn’t notice until like two years in [that she always wore makeup], and then I was in a swimming pool and she was wearing bright red lipstick. I thought it was a bit weird.”

Vanessa confesses that her beauty traits are probably down to her mum who told her to keep up the mystique of her appearance.

Ben notes, “It has kept it fresh and sexy in a mysterious kind of way. Twelve years later it still works.”