Alfie Boe confirms he has separated from wife Sarah after 16 years of marriage

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English tenor and actor Alfie Boe performs during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP via Getty Images)
Alfie Boe performs during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. (Photo credit KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP via Getty Images)

Singer Alfie Boe has confirmed he has separated from wife Sarah after 16 years of marriage.

The West End star took to social media to officially announce the split after press speculation the couple had separated.

The 46-year-old, who shares daughter Grace, 12, and son Alfie, eight with Sarah, posted a statement on Instagram on Monday (24 August).

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The statement reads: “After speculation about my marriage to Sarah ending, I can confirm that we have separated.

“I have nothing but love and respect for Sarah who’s been an incredible partner and an amazing mother to our two beautiful children and everything is very amicable.”

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04:  PREMIUM PRICING APPLIES.   Alfie Boe (R) and wife Sarah Boe attend the Woodside End of Summer party to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation sponsored by Chopard and Grey Goose at Woodside on September 4, 2014 in Windsor, England.  A percentage of revenue from the sale of this image will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. EJAF is one of the world's largest HIV grant-makers ejaf.org/London  (Photo by Dave Benett/Elton John AIDS Foundation/WireImage)
Alfie Boe (R) and wife Sarah Boe attend the Woodside End of Summer party to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation on September 4, 2014 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Elton John AIDS Foundation/WireImage)

Addressing the speculation, he added: “Other parts of the story, though, are absolute nonsense. I would just kindly ask for respect of our privacy during this time, as we work things out.

“I thank you all for your welcomed support.”

Boe is known for his performances in shows such as Les Misérables and Carousel.

He has also enjoyed a successful recording career, including a series of popular collaboration albums with Michael Ball.

Alfie and Sarah met while rehearsing La Bohème on Broadway in 2003.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  Alfie Boe and Michael Ball attend the press night performance of "Les Miserables: The Staged Concert" at The Gielgud Theatre on August 21, 2019 in London, England.   (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Alfie Boe and Michael Ball of "Les Miserables: The Staged Concert" at The Gielgud Theatre on August 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

During a bedroom concert arranged by the Royal Albert Hall back in April, Boe spoke of his family and how they helped him face the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “I’ve got the love of my family. Our control in the face of this virus – that’s bigger than all of us at the moment.

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“If you’re feeling alone, if you’re overwhelmed, reach out. If you’re fortunate to help in any small way – do it.”

He was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to music and charity.

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