AMANDA Owen’s mum was ‘gobsmacked’ to hear the Our Yorkshire Farm couple were in crisis.
Last week, Amanda, 47, revealed her marriage to husband of 21 years, Clive, was over.
Amanda Owen’s mum was ‘gobsmacked’ to learn the couple were in crisisCredit: Alamy
The pair confirmed their split after 21 years of marriage last weekCredit: Rex
The couple – who have nine children together – had previously admitted to going through a “rocky patch”, and at the time, Amanda’s mother Joyce Livingstone admitted she had been blindsided by the news.
She told MailOnline: “I am gobsmacked, there was absolutely no hint of any trouble.
“We watched the programmes on the television, and it did not look like there was anything wrong.”
She added that the couple were “rock solid” but unfortunately they were unable to pull themselves out of their relationship woes.
In a joint statement on Amanda’s Instagram account, they said: “Clive and I 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.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support and would ask that the media please respect our privacy as we work through this difficult time.”
However, the relationship was allegedly dead and buried for a long time before that.
A source told the Mail: “Obviously this has just come out but it has been going on for years behind closed doors.
“They separated 18 months ago. It wouldn’t have been Clive’s choice but I think he’s at a point where he’s accepted the break-up now.
“They are sharing the care of the kids so still see each other regularly. He does most of the work on the farm and, I think, now he’s come to terms with the separation he just wants to get on with his life.”
Amanda has nine children with Clive and shared the news on her Instagram pageCredit: Twitter
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