The Chase's Mark Labbett and Hayley Palmer split days after romantic one year anniversary

-Credit: (Image: ITV)
-Credit: (Image: ITV)


Hayley Palmer has taken to Instagram Stories to announce the end of her year-long romance with The Chase's Mark Labbett.

The Sky TV presenter informed her followers: "It is with regret I announce that myself and Mark have gone our separate ways. We had the best year together, and I truly wish him all the very best for the future."

Adding a layer of emotion to her update, she wrote: "Off I go to listen to Taylor Swift ", alongside a broken-heart emoji.

The news follows just a week after they celebrated their first anniversary with a sentimental beach trip, harking back to their inaugural date, the Mirror reports.

Mark, 58, better known as The Beast on the popular ITV quiz show, highlighted the anniversary with an Instagram post showing him with Hayley at their memorable seaside haunt, captioned: "One Year Anniversary. Same beach, same bench."

They recently celebrated their one-year anniversary
The former couple recently celebrated their one year anniversary in the same spot where they first got to know each other -Credit:Instagram

Hayley, 42, embarked on a journey of love with Mark just over a year ago.

Sharing about their initial rendezvous, The Beast revealed to The Sun: "We found a bench in a peaceful spot by the beach and spent hours talking and getting to know each other, so we've decided to go back to celebrate our anniversary.

"As luck would have it, there's a rather nice Beefeater near to where her parents live. They already know Hayley's order - nachos and chips."

Mark Labbett previously shared a charming anecdote about how he almost missed his chance with his ex partner Hayley.

He recounted the moment they met at the National Television Awards in 2022, where an agent's mention of a Toby Carvery gold card piqued Hayley's interest.

Mark said: "It was at the National Television Awards in 2022 when our then mutual agent said he got me a Toby Carvery gold card and she was like 'what? ' You can take it along to Toby Carvery and take people with you and get some discount. For panto, I took the cast and crew out for a big Christmas party."

The Sky TV presenter took to Instagram to share the news with her followers earlier today -Credit:Instagram
The Sky TV presenter took to Instagram to share the news with her followers earlier today -Credit:Instagram

The couple also addressed their 16-year age difference, with Hayley expressing that they feel very much in sync despite the years between them.

She stated: "But I feel like we're pretty much the same... I think we just get on really well. It kind of works - we're different, but it works."

Reflecting on their initial date, Mark admitted to being clueless about Hayley's feelings, sharing: "I haven't got a clue. I sort of said, 'I really like you, any chance of a second date? ' and she goes, 'I've been flirting with you all evening'.

This prompted Hayley to interject with a laugh: "I didn't! I played it coy, I said 'maybe'," highlighting the playful nature of their relationship.

Hayley opened up to The Mirror about her blossoming relationship with Mark, confessing she feels incredibly "safe" with him and was sure he was The One.

Recalling their early interactions, she shared: "It was a fun kind of ice breaker. Then he messaged me the next day, and we were having a little chat, and he was like, 'Maybe I'll take you to that Toby Carvery'.

"I was just laughing about it, I thought we were just friends."

She realised there was more to their connection when he made the effort to visit her in Portsmouth, saying: "That's when it clicked that there was more to it.

"We were walking along this beach, and I was like, 'he's a really nice guy, such a kind gentleman. I feel really safe with you'. It was a simple moment. Whatever this is, this is really nice. It's really special because we were friends first."

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