Eastenders actress Rita Simons has been pictured without her wedding ring days after announcing her split from her husband of 14 years, Theo Silves
Eastenders actress Rita Simons has been pictured without her wedding ring days after announcing her split from her husband of 14 years, Theo Silveston.
It was revealed on Friday that the couple, who haven’t been living together for two years, decided to officially divorce after they simply ‘grew apart’.
In light of her break-up, the soap star was seen carrying her groceries without her wedding ring.
Stepping out: Eastenders actress Rita Simons has been pictured days after announcing her split from her husband of 14 years, Theo Silveston
Rita was casually clad while running errands as she sported a pair of capri-cut black gym leggings with a loose-fitting T-shirt.
The former I’m A Celeb star wrapped up in a knee-length cardigan with white detailing and trainers as she carried her shopping.
Rounding off her off-duty appearance, the actress worked her hair into French plaits and donned a protective face mask as well as shades.
Rita’s outing comes days after it was reported she has split from her hairdresser husband Theo, whom she was married to for 14 years, after they began leading separate lives, the Daily Star reports.
Food for thought: In light of her break-up, the soap star was seen heading to the supermarket
No ring to it: As she entered the supermarket, she was noticably without her wedding ring
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.
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.
Over: It was revealed on Friday that the couple, who haven’t been living together for two years, decided to officially divorce after they simply ‘grew apart’ (Pictured in 2013)
Wrapped up: The former I’m A Celeb star wrapped up in a knee-length cardigan with white detailing and trainers
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.
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.’
Off-duty: Rita was casually clad while running errands
Casual: She sported a pair of capri-cut black gym leggings with a loose-fitting T-shirt
She divulged that she was battling problems in her personal life and admitted that she has finally found ‘healing’ and ‘peace’.
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!)
Mane attraction: The actress worked her hair into French plaits and donned a protective face mask
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,
‘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.’
The mother-of-two became a staple on TV during her stint as Roxy on Eastenders.
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
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.
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