Daniel O’Donnell has revealed that it was a random act of immense kindness by his wife’s ex-husband which helped him overcome any issues he had from her previous marriage.
When the Donegal singing star met Majella, she had already been previously married to Scotsman man Raymond McLelland.
And despite falling in love with Majella having met her in Tenerife, Daniel admits that he struggled with accepting she had already been married.
He said “Aye, I did struggle for a bit. Then I missed her and just realised I was happier with Majella than without.
“We got along so well together and felt very easy in each other’s company. I suppose it was just meant to be.”
Majella had to get a special annulment from the Vatican so he could meet her at the aisle in November, 2002.
But Daniel revealed that it was a very special moment during stepdaughter Siobhan’s wedding which finally brought his marriage even more happiness.
He told Herald Scotland “You know a great part of the joy that marriage has brought to my life are the children. Siobhan and Michael came along with Majella and it’s been really wonderful.
“Raymond is their father and I’ve always known that but I’ve been a big part of their life for a long time.
“I was so touched and delighted when Raymond came to me on the morning of Siobhan’s wedding and asked if I’d meet them half way down the aisle and we’d both walk her the rest of the way together.
“It was very good of Raymond to include me. Nobody knew it was happening and both Majella and Siobhan were so happy.”
Daniel added that his Catholic upbringing is still so important to him but he doesn’t judge people who don’t have much of a faith.
“Growing up, in my time, you went to mass because you had to. You’d no choice, you couldn’t miss it.
“It wasn’t until I was travelling that I suddenly realised I was going because I wanted to. I found myself looking around for old chapels and places to worship.
“Of course, I’d love for everyone to have the comfort that my faith gives me. But you know, I’m not somebody that looks down on people who don’t have a religion. You can’t judge people for their different beliefs or even the lack of them.”Tags: