Peter Andre's new girlfriend Emily Macdonagh is 17 years his junior

Peter Andre went public with his new love last week - and Now can reveal that the pair took part in a bizarre wedding in February.

After the 'ceremony', the singer openly declared to friends and family: ‘We're married!'

Peter, 39, was first spotted with student doctor Emily Macdonagh, 22, on a date at London's May Fair hotel last week.

Although those close to them say it's early days, Now can reveal that they've been friends for more than two years - ever since her dad Dr Ruaraidh Macdonagh, known as Dr Ru, performed emergency surgery on Peter to remove kidney stones.

In fact, it was on a trip to Zanzibar with Emily's father that the couple were roped into taking part in a local wedding ceremony.

During the service, filmed for Peter's ITV2 reality show My Life and shown in April, the hunk turned to Emily and said: 'This is an arranged marriage. Just say "I do."'

She replied: 'I do,' and the pair shared a quick kiss on the lips.

A friend of Peter's reveals: 'When they first met, Emily was much younger so it was only platonic.

'It was just recently that they decided to give dating a go - but it wasn't something Peter undertook lightly.

'He has the utmost respect for Emily's father and they had long conversations about it so Peter could ensure he was happy with him dating his daughter.'

Read the full story about Peter Andre and Emily Macdonagh in Now magazine dated 23 July 2012 - out now!

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