Veronica Berti Bocelli fell in love with Andrea Bocelli after just 'two-and-a-half minutes'

Veronica Berti Bocelli fell for husband Andrea Bocelli after he courted her for just "two-and-a-half minutes".

The beautiful brunette first met the 'Time to Say Goodbye' singer at a party in 2001 and she realised he was the man for her after just a brief conversation with him.

Veronica admits she fell in love instantly and the couple soon moved in with one another.

Recalling their first meeting, and making a sweet reference to the fact Andrea is blind, she said: "Someone must have told him I was a good-looking girl, so he came to me and introduced himself. I told him, 'Maestro, it’s an honour to meet you.'"

Revealing how long he wooed her, she added: "Two-and-a-half minutes. We moved in together briefly after we met. I follow my instincts, I take decisions very rapidly. They are not always the right decisions though, that is a flow of mine. Luckily, that time it was."

Andrea, 65, and Veronica, 40, eventually married in March 2014 at the Sanctuary of Montenero in the coastal town of Livorno, Italy. They have a 12-year-old daughter Veronica together, whilst the Italian tenor has two sons Amos, 29, and Matteo, 26, with his first wife Enrica Cenzatti.

Veronica insists the 25-year age gap helps their relationship as they are "both very passionate and temperamental" and if they were the same age then it is likely they would have had blistering arguments.

In an interview with Vanity Fair Italy, she said: "When you are husband and wife, working together for many years, that’s not always easy, but I think the age gap between us actually helped. We have similar personalities, we are both very passionate and temperamental, I am sure that if we were the same age, we would have locked horns.

"Nowadays he’s the more tolerant and patient one. I am like a pressure pot."