Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen has confirmed that she and husband Clive have split up after 21 years of marriage.
The 47 year old former model revealed back in October that she and her husband, 67, were navigating through a "rocky patch" in their relationship, which saw Amanda move into a rental property near their family farm in Yorkshire.
Now, Amanda and Clive have confirmed that they've split, with the mum-of-nine taking to Instagram to announce the sad news. She wrote: "Clive and I have are sad to confirm that we have made the difficult decision to separate. This hasn't been easy, but we both believe it's the right choice for the future of our family.
"Although we are no longer a couple, we continue to work on the farm and co-parent together with our number one priority the happiness and well-being of our children."
As the pair part ways, here we take a look into their marriage and life on Ravenseat Farm…
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Amanda, who was born in Huddersfield, dreamed of becoming a model like her mum, but after landing various different modelling gigs she realised it wasn't as glamorous as she initially thought.
Speaking about her early career, the 47 year old previously said: "When you think you're going to be a model in like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, actually then you end up doing knitting catalogues… It was cardigans, floral, Prince Diana, 1980. No thank you."
She then came across vet James Herriot's books and magazines about rural life and was instantly drawn in, falling in love with the idea of becoming a shepherdess.
Amanda started taking on jobs at farms across Wiltshire and Cumbria, which eventually led her to meet Clive in 1995 when she was just 21 years old.
Clive, who was 42 at the time, had just split from his wife of 13 years, who he shares two children with, leaving him to look after Ravenseat Farm on his own.
A farmer that Amanda was working for sent her to the farm in order to borrow a ram and Clive invited her in for a cup of tea, and the pair were instantly besotted with one another.
The couple then started to meet up and their romance gradually blossomed, with Clive recalling: "I do remember this six-foot-something woman knocked on the door. I was very taken with her. You couldn't not be.
“We were friends first then went out a little bit together. With us both coming from non-farming backgrounds we were kind of peas in a pod really, but we didn't know that at the time."
They enjoyed a five-year relationship before tying the knot in 2000 in a stunning ceremony.
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Amanda and Clive went on to welcome nine children together, despite neither ever expecting to have such a large family.
They are parents to Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clemmie, five, and Nancy, four, with family all residing on the farm together.
In 2011, comic actor Adrian Edmondson included the Owen family in his ITV show The Dales, and Amanda and Clive went on to become series regulars.
The family then featured in Julia Bradbury's Coast to Coast and New Lives In The Wild with Ben Fogle, before landing their own TV show three years ago on Channel 5, Our Yorkshire Farm, which has proven to be a hit among viewers.
Alongside TV work, Amanda has also penned five Yorkshire Shepherdess books, with the most recent instalment being released in October 2021.
During an appearance on Lorraine last year, the mum-of-nine admitted that she and Clive had hit a "rocky patch" in their relationship, and she then moved into a nearby rental property as they attempted to save their marriage.
They released a joint statement at the time, saying: "With the TV show and the books we've always aimed to show the reality of life on the farm, and just like any marriage we have our stresses and strains, coupled with all the complexities of what we do on the farm and bringing up nine kids.
"We're a normal family, and we've never said our marriage is perfect. Unfortunately, the constant intrusion into our lives from the media has amplified a rocky patch that we're going through."
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