The Chase’s Mark Labbett splits from wife Katie after five years of marriage
The Chase star Mark Labbett has split from his wife and second cousin Katie after five years of marriage – and she has now confirmed her relationship with a new man.
Mark, 53, and Katie, 26, married in October 2014 and share a son but the couple are said to have ‘drifted away’ causing the end of their five-year union.
In an interview with The Sun On Sunday, Katie explains that she and Mark – aka The Beast – have ‘very different’ lives and reveals that she is currently dating another man, Scott Bate.
Katie told the publication: ‘Mark and I had been talking about separating for some time — we have been drifting for a while. He works away a lot and that’s been hard. A lot of people think it’s the age difference but we don’t see that as the factor.’
The mother-of-one goes on to explain how she met Scott ‘by accident’ on a night out and ‘clicked’ with him.
However, she denies having an affair behind Mark’s back and reveals she told her husband about Scott after their first meeting.
Katie explained: ‘It wasn’t intentional, it just happened… But Mark always knew — straight from the off I was honest. He knew I was going out and who I was seeing.
‘He was incredibly understanding. If it was anybody else it wouldn’t matter, but because Mark’s in the limelight people have been gossiping.’
Despite their marriage breakdown, Katie reveals that she and Mark ‘remain good friends’ and the TV star is ‘happy’ that she’s met someone else.
Katie added that she’s ‘sick of all the speculation’ about her alleged affair and wants to be able to ‘get on with our lives’.
News of their separation comes just a month after a rep for Mark denied reports their marriage was over.
The spokesperson said at the time: ‘Mark and Katie are not splitting up. Everything is fine between them and they have been at home together this week.’
Earlier this year, Mark and Katie’s relationship hit headlines when it reemerged that they were second cousins.
Mark’s father and Katie’s dad are first cousins but the pair had no idea when they first began dating, only discovering the news three years later.
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