It was, he says, remarkably easy to get used to the preferential treatment in restaurants, the first-class travel, the private plane, and being with someone who was recognised everywhere he went.
‘He said he wanted them to experience the city for themselves.
But when we got there he decided they didn’t like it for some reason.
They were introduced by mutual friends at a bar in Shoreditch, East London, in May 2011.
Trevor had arrived in London ten months earlier to work in software sales.
Having lived in Canada all his life, he didn’t know Norton was a celebrity until someone told him.
Their second date was a red- carpet event – the opening of the musical, Shrek.
Patterson, handsome and slim-hipped, looked dazzling in his smart jeans and blazer as he posed beside Norton for the paparazzi at the event.
Three months after breaking up with the presenter, whose effervescent personality and innuendo-laden comedy has dominated the BBC over the past decade – and helped him become one of its top earners – Patterson says: ‘There were four of us in the partnership.’He claims the comedian treats his dogs like the children he never had. They mean the world to him and were always his first love . Like so many fans, he was drawn to Norton’s flamboyant charm, which has allowed him to get away with making risque jokes on primetime television while remaining a firm favourite of middle-aged, middle-class viewers.
in some ways he put them before me.’Patterson, a 30-year-old fashion consultant, spent two years sharing ‘everything’ with Norton, 50, who hosts the self-titled Friday night show watched by 4.5 million viewers, as well as the Eurovision Song Contest and a show on Radio 2.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, he reveals how he shared heavy drinking nights out with the star – a side of him at odds with the undisputed professionalism and drive which has taken him from a modest upbringing in County Cork to being one of the nation’s best-loved showbusiness personalities.‘He has a hard time winding down without drink.
It’s probably the Irish in him, but he never seemed to show any signs of wear and tear the next day.