The Chase star Mark Labbett has confirmed his relationship status after splitting from his wife in 2020.
Mark, who is known as The Beast on the ITV quiz show, got married to his now-ex wife Katie in 2014.
Genius Mark wed nurse Katie, who is 27 years his junior, after meeting online in 2010.
They eventually started dating in 2012 after he invited her to watch an episode of a Chase special being filmed.
After a two-year whirlwind romance, the couple tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony two years later.
It was actually only after getting married that they found out that they are second cousins, making them related.
Talking to Loose Women, Mark said: “It wasn’t something we were aware of at the time – it was one of those things that happened.”
Despite the revelation, the pair stayed together and welcomed their now-four-year-old son Lawrence into the world.
It was during the pandemic when things turned sour.
Just months into 2020, after the country went into lockdown, Mark and Katie announced that they had split up, blaming their 27-year age gap and the Covid-19 situation at the time.
Mark has now spoken out about his relationship status for the first time, telling The Sun he’s enjoying single life.
He admitted he’s ‘married to work’ and that it would be difficult to make time for any new relationship in between his busy schedule.
He said he’s away from home a lot, filming for the ITV show for 150 days of the year.
He said: “I’m single, I say I’m married to my work, this is the first time I’ve been out out in a while.
“Right now I’m really appreciating my time.
“I’ve just had two weeks off in the glamorous resort in Rotherham, where I’ve been staying in my flat and I can just put the sport on, watch the films I wanted to watch, play computer games, had a go even on FIFA and I just loved it.”
He also said he’s been spending a lot of time with his little boy who has just discovered Harry Potter for the first time, which makes bedtime stories much more interesting.
Mark credited his son for his dramatic 10stone weight loss.
During the first lockdown, Mark became the primary carer for his young son after Katie continued nursing in the hospital.
Appearing on Loose Women, he spoke about his incredible transformation from a 5XL to a 2XL, saying: “Looking after a five year old in lockdown didn’t help as well. It was lovely, my wife was working as a nurse at the time so she was doing her bit and my bit was to look after him but the amount of times I collapsed in a heap!”
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