Comedy star Johnny Vegas and TV presenter wife Maia Dunphy have confirmed their marriage is over.
Benidorm star Johnny, from St Helens, and Maia been married for seven years but confirmed the sad news of their split with a joint statement on their social media accounts on Monday.
In a statement posted to Maia’s Twitter account, and retweeted by Johnny, they revealed they had separated last year.
The couple have now asked for privacy.
They said: “It is with a heavy heart that we want to let you know that we separated some time ago last year.
“We are telling people now because speculation is unhelpful at best, and dangerous at worst.
“As we think is obvious, we continue to fully support each other; there is no acrimony, no story and no one else involved.
“We have never played out our relationship publicly, so we don’t feel it’s too much to ask for privacy now.
“We also ask people to be mindful that there are two children involved, and their welfare is our main concern now.”
The couple have two children, Michael, 13, from Johnny’s previous relationship, and son Tom, who was born in 2015.
Johnny, 46, and Maia, 41, married in April 2011 in Seville.
Maia is well known in her native Ireland as a TV producer and columnist, and last year appeared on the Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with the Stars.