To be fair to Sean Bean, he didn’t quite use the words “Never again”.
But he came pretty close, speaking not long after his last divorce three years ago, when he told a magazine interviewer: “Of course I believe in love.
"There is nobody who doesn’t believe in love.
"But marriage – that fits some people but obviously not me.”
Instead of worrying about his love life, he added, he would rather spend his time gardening.
But this weekend it’s a fair bet the autumn leaves are piling up unswept at his Italian-style house in a cobbled mews in North London’s exclusive Belsize Park.
That’s because he has marriage on his mind once more.
The 55-year-old actor, whose profile has soared with his roles in the blockbusting film trilogy The Lord of the Rings and the small-screen fantasy series Game of Thrones, has just popped the question to his 29-year-old girlfriend Ashley Moore and she has agreed to become the fifth Mrs Bean.
While that doesn’t quite put her four-times-divorced fiancé in the same league as serial knot-tiers Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa-Zsa Gabor, he’s getting pretty close to the tally of Henry VIII (by whom, incidentally, his character was once executed in a 2003 mini-series).
Born in Sheffield, where his father owned a steel firm, Shaun (as his name was spelled in those days) was 21 when he married his school sweetheart, hairdresser Debra James, in 1981.
On paper they lasted seven years but in reality the marriage was over as soon as it started.
Having taken a drama class at Rotherham College of Art & Technology, he moved to London to take up a place at Rada shortly after they wed.
They visited each other at weekends but it fizzled very soon.
“I’m very happy for him now,” Debra has said.
“I’m delighted he found something he really wanted to do and has made a real success of it.
"We were just two kids who fell in love.
"But it never worked out.”
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