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The Chase star Mark Labbett has confirmed his split from wife Katie after nearly six years of marriage.
The 55 year old quizmaster’s marriage to wife Katie, who is also his second cousin, has ended for the second time after having an open marriage.
The Beast’s wife Katie began dating Scott Bate before she had first split from Mark last year, but the couple reconciled and Katie continued to date Scott.
But the couple have now called it quits and say lockdown contributed to their troubles as well as Mark’s workload and worldwide travel.
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Mark, who recently opened up about his five stone weight loss, said: “There was never any deceit on Katie’s part but it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly.”
While nurse Katie, 28, told The Sun Online: “I just want everyone to know what’s what and that we are all happy.”
Mark also admitted Katie’s ongoing relationship with Scott also contributed to the end of their marriage.
Mark said: “There was never any deceit on Katie’s part, but obviously our son has mentioned Scott’s name quite a few times.
“Each time he does it, Katie looks a bit sheepish.
“My only concern is that Scott’s good with him, which he appears to be. We’ve started speaking and are beginning to chat more and more.
“We’ve spoken about some of the bigger things, and Katie knows what my red lines are, and I know hers. So this way, nobody is shocked or surprised.”
Looking back on when Mark first discovered Katie’s relationship with Scott, he said: “When Katie first came clean to me about her boyfriend, I’d had an inkling.
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“But right from the start, my attitude was quite pragmatic — this was spilt milk, what could we do about the situation to make it OK?
“We had a family. We couldn’t just throw that away lightly. There were other considerations.
“But Covid provided the perfect storm. My mental health suffered and the differences in our ages became magnified.
“With Katie seeing Scott after lockdown, it’s got to the point where I realise it’s better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly, without the stress factor of living together.”
Mark, who has a three year old son with wife Katie, has revealed he now plans to move out of the family home in Herefordshire next month and will live in hotels while he finds himself a new place closer to London.
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