Gogglebox's Lee celebrates partner Steve's 55th birthday in loved-up pic

GOGGLEBOX star Lee Riley celebrated his partner Steve Mail's 55th birthday with a loved-up Instagram snap.

The post comes just over one month after the Channel 4 favourite was forced to spend his own special day alone as he quarantined for the new series of the show.

Thankfully, Steve had a much better day, with 52-year-old Lee spoiling him with huge balloons and a gushing social media caption.

In the photo, both men are beaming with Lee resting one hand on his partner of 26 year's shoulder as they pose for the camera.

They are each holding a giant '5' silver helium balloon to mark Steve's age.

Lee captioned the post: "Happy birthday to the better half at least you're here to celebrate it together 😘♥️x"

The pair are used to spending time apart, with Steve living in Cyprus while Lee resides in a caravan in Hull.

However, this year has been harder than usual for the couple due to lockdown rules across both countries.

Lee jetted to Cyprus for a month in August during a break from filming Gogglebox, where he and Steve enjoyed quality time together including fancy meals out and countryside hikes.

Upon his return home at the end of the holiday, Lee had gushed: "Last week of summer fun with my best friend and the love of my life ahead of Gogglebox series 16."

However, Steve flew over to the UK earlier this month to reunite with his beau ahead of his birthday.

He announced his arrival by posting a selfie alongside Lee and Lee's best friend Jenny Newby – who he appears on the Channel 4 show with.

Steve captioned the adorable pic at the time: "From sunny Cyprus to wet and miserable Hull but Very happy to be reunited with my better half and so good to see my dear friend Jenny."

Fans were delighted for the pair and questioned whether Steve would be appearing on the show alongside Jenny and Lee, but he is yet to make his TV debut.

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