Eastenders actress Samantha Womack reveals she's split from her husband Mark after 11 years of marriage.The soap star, 47, confirmed the couple hav
Eastenders actress Samantha Womack reveals she’s split from her husband Mark after 11 years of marriage.
The soap star, 47, confirmed the couple have been separated for a while but are ‘co-‘existing happily’ with their children Benjamin, 19, and Lili Rose, 15, at their Bedfordshire farmhouse.
In a new interview, the thespian, who is also stepmum to Mark’s son Michael, 25, from a previous relationship, insisted they’re amicable and are in ‘no rush’ to change their unconventional living situation.
Break up: Eastenders actress Samantha Womack reveals she’s split from her husband Mark after 11 years of marriage (pictured in 2014)
The media personality told OK! magazine: ‘Our family home is big enough and we’re co-existing happily. There’s no rush to change things.
‘But now feels like the right time to be honest and admit we’re no longer together.’
Just days earlier, news surrounding her close pal and former co-star Rita Simons’ split from her husband of 14 years, Theo Silveston, emerged.
The couple, who haven’t been living together for two years, have decided to officially divorce, the Daily Star reports.
The soap star, 43, has decided to walk away from the marriage after they simply ‘grew apart’.
Shock divorce: Just days earlier, news surrounding her close pal and former co-star Rita Simons’ split from her husband of 14 years, Theo Silveston, emerged (pictured in 2013)
Rita’s representative confirmed the divorce proceedings to the publication on Friday and suggested that she is doing well, despite the unfortunate news.
They said: ‘Rita and Theo have been separated for almost two years and Theo moved out of the family home some time ago.
The insider added: ‘The split has been a big change for Rita, but she knows it’s the right decision.
It’s over: The agent of the Eastenders’ actress, 43, confirmed the couple have separated after they began ‘growing apart’ and they actually haven’t lived together for two years
Rita shares twin daughters, Jamiee and Maiya, 14, with her hairdresser husband who she tied the knot with in 2006 after apparently meeting through a mutual friend when they were just 19.
Theo runs the award-winning, Kink hair salon in London, and he reportedly moved out of their family home in Elstree, Hertfordshire in 2018.
Another source claimed that Rita is sure she has made the right decision and intends on putting their family home up for sale.
Moving on: The couple allegedly met through a mutual friend at the age of 19 and despite the split they remain amicable and plan to co-parent their twin daughters, Jamiee and Maiya, 14,
According to the source, the actress is looking forward to a fresh start and a future full of new possibilities.
In May, Rita cryptically implied she had been in a bad place as she wrote on Instagram: ‘I’ve been to dark places in the last few years.’
She divulged that she was battling problems in her personal life and admitted that she has finally found ‘healing’ and ‘peace’.
Dedication: Back in May, Rita showed off her jaw-dropping physique as she credited working out during lockdown with helping her ‘heal’ from personal problems
Rita credited working out during lockdown with helping her ‘heal’ from personal problems.
She wrote: ‘I haven’t been too vocal on social media during lockdown..not about my own life anyway But I wanted to share this with you…before lockdown I was 100% a workaholic and 1000% stressed out.
‘I was trying to deal with work and personal problems at the same time. I’ve been to some pretty dark places in the last few years both mentally and physically but I don’t tend to shout about it. (Apart from the insomnia!)
Sensational: Rita displayed her washboard abs in a vest top and leggings as she hailed the benefits of exercise for lifting her out of a ‘dark’ mental space
Honest: The lengthy Instagram caption detailed her struggles with her mental health during lockdown and previously
‘Irony is that in these last few months, where the world is more messed up than ever and I’ve been forced to stop working, I have had the time to heal, to spend more time at home with my kids.
‘In no way do I want to detract from the real s**t, and the hero’s, the frontline workers and the families who have lost loved ones, but the truth is we all have our own unique version of lockdown.
‘Some have it worse than others. No, this has not been ‘the great leveler’ (thanks madge) infact it has shown so much inequality amongst us. But MY Lockdown has meant I have found peace. And I am grateful for that.’
Soap star: Rita shot to fame as Roxy on Eastenders but she was eventually killed off by producers in 2017 along with her on-screen sister Ronnie- played by Sam Womack
The mother-of-two became a staple on TV during her stint as Roxy on Eastenders.
However, her time on the soap came to an end in 2017 when production decided to kill off her character alongside her on-screen sister Ronnie- played by Sam Womack,
Since then, she has explored new showbiz horizons including an appearance on I’m A Celebrity in 2018.
She also played Miss Hedge in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Her divorce proceedings will hopefully inspire new career possibilities for Rita as she embarks on a new journey in her life.
MailOnline have contacted Rita’s representatives for comment.
New beginnings: Since her soap exit, she went on to appear on the 2018 series of I’m A Celeb and performed in the West End (pictured in 2019)