Countryfile presenter has her arm scarred for partner

Susannah Alexander
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Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison has revealed that she had her own arm scarred with a blade to show her devotion to her partner.

Harrison, who has been with doctor Matt Goodman for 12 years, told The Mail on Sunday that she has a line of 10 circular scars along her left forearm – one for every year the pair had been together at the time she had it done.

"It's called scarification," she said. "You go to someone who is into body art and you get it done.

Photo credit: Oliver Edwards / BBC

"There are only a few places you can go for it in the whole country. They're done with a blade."

She added that the process "really f**king hurts" but that she wanted to go through it to show her commitment to her partner.

"He was a bit shocked, I must say," she said. "He said he was conflicted, because I'd hurt myself in this pursuit, but he was obviously really quite emotional.

"We're not married, but this was my great offering to him. Obviously if he leaves me I'll have to create a different story about what it's about!"

Photo credit: Oliver Edwards / BBC

Harrison, who has three children with Goodman, said that the pair will probably get married at some stage.

"He did ask me but I didn't see it through. So far," she revealed.

"I will do one day. We just haven't done that bit. We've done the big stuff, the children, and the scars!"

Harrison has been on BBC One's Countryfile since 2009 and presents alongside Matt Baker, John Craven and Anita Rani.

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