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Michelle Keegan made it look like business as usual when she was pictured getting stuck back into work last week.
But being away filming her hit Sky series Brassic comes after husband Mark Wright spoke of his anguish at the way the pandemic has hit his family.
And while Michelle was putting on a brave face, New magazine can reveal it’s been a testing time for the 33-year-old.
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“Michelle is feeling a massive strain,” a source said. “It’s awful that she’s not been able to be with Mark. She wants to comfort him.
“He’s so close to his family and he’s devastated. It’s hard because Michelle isn’t there to help and she feels really bad that she can’t be there. She’s really worried about all the stress on him.”
Mark recently opened up about the devastating impact Covid-19 has been having on his family. He revealed that dad Mark Snr, 64, had not been the same mentally since leaving hospital after battling the virus. He said: "He is not my dad who he was four weeks ago. It can leave long-lasting problems.”
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Mark, 33, also explained that his uncle Eddie was in a critical condition with the disease, adding: “I’ve had the hardest few weeks of my life, potentially losing family.”
While Michelle has been busy working in Manchester, Mark has been trying to kick-start a pro football career for his BBC show Mark Wright: The Last Chance.
He played his first match for Crawley Town on 10 January, but his family woes blighted the experience. “Mark had his debut and the team won. It was fantastic but his dad has been really ill and his uncle is really bad,” the source said.
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“It’s taken its toll on Mark and been hard. It was his big moment and it was his childhood dream to get on the pitch.
"He wanted so desperately for his father to be there. He’s really feeling it. It’s his dream. For his family to be so ill at this time, it’s extra pressure and he is upset at the moment.”
The source continued: "It has been a really traumatic time. Michelle is worried about the pressure he’s putting on his own shoulders, added to the worries about his family.”
Michelle also hinted at her troubles when she revealed she quit Dry January a few days into 2021.
Sharing an image of Jennifer Aniston’s Friends character Rachel emptying a bottle of wine into a glass, she wrote on Instagram, “Me… 8 days into Dry January.”
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