"I met my wife in rehab," Earl of Cardigan on finding love while being treated for "despair" over first marriage split

"I met my wife in rehab," Earl of Cardigan on finding love while being treated for "despair" over first marriage split

“I met my wife in rehab,” Earl of Cardigan on finding love while being treated for “despair” over first marriage split

5:04 PM on 21st June 2011

Lord Cardigan has spoken of finding love when he checked into a treatment facility to get over his first wife.

David Brudenell-Bruce, 58, was in therapy in New Mexico when he met fellow patient Joanne Hill, now his wife.

The American property developer, 46, was being treated for addiction to prescription drugs following a violent assault.

TNewlyweds: The Earl of Cardigan with his new wife Joanne Hill, who he met in a therapy facility in New Mexico

Newlyweds: The Earl of Cardigan with his new wife Joanne Hill, who he met in a therapy facility in New Mexico

Cardigan, who was married to cookery writer Rosamond, was staying at the Trauma Resolution clinic in Santa Fe in 2005, to deal with the “deepdespair” of the relationship ending.

He first met divorcee Joanneduring a group session but Cardigan claims the friendship didn”t develop until they left the 4,000-a-week facility.

The couple wed last month at a private ceremony in an Italian village near Pisa.

Lord Cardigan, who has two children with Rosamond, told the Telegraph: “I suppose the circumstances of our meeting were pretty strange, because Joanne and I were in therapy.

“I was deep in despair and shock because the sudden termination of my 25-year-marriage.

Former wife: Cookery writer Rosamond Cardigan

Former wife: Cookery writer Rosamond Cardigan

“We first met in a room where the most personal of things had to be openly discussed and we had to go through the story of our lives examining the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Joanne, who has a son from her previous marriage, revealed she found the Earl “uptight” when she first met him.

She said: “I thought David was uptight and proper. I have come to love him for the warm, sensitive man he is.”

The pair now live on Cardigan”s estate in Savernake Forest, near Marlborough.