Mary Portas separates from wife Melanie Rickey after four years

Jack Hardy
The couple said:

Mary Portas, the celebrated retail expert, has separated from her wife more than four years after they became one of country’s the first same-sex couples to marry.  

The 58-year-old businesswoman announced last night that she and Melanie Rickey had been setting their separation in motion for the past year.

They converted their civil partnership into marriage shortly after midnight on December 10 2014, when changes to the law came into force in England and Wales.

The couple said in a statement: “After 17 years together we have decided to legally separate. There is no one else involved.

“We have spent the last year consciously managing our separation in as good-heartedly, open, and mature a way as possible to ensure a smooth, amicable evolution for us our family and friends.

“We remain a family, and are committed parents to three wonderful humans (and Walter the dog) who are our number one priority.We are still good friends, and will share much together going forward.”

The couple had one son together during their relationship, while Ms Portas has two other children from a previous marriage.