Rylan apologises for ‘scaring’ people as he admits pain of break-up

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Watch: Rylan has spoken about his marriage split to Lorraine Kelly

Rylan has apologised for 'scaring' fans after he disappeared from the public eye for several months following his split from his husband earlier this year.

The Strictly: It Takes Two presenter  formerly known as Rylan Clark-Neal — is back on TV and social media again after confirming in June that he and husband Dan Neal had separated following six years of marriage.

Rylan, 32, told ITV’s Lorraine: "I wasn’t good, I’m not going to lie. I think everyone knows that. You know I’m normally on telly every five minutes, I apologise after seeing my mug all the time."

Rylan showed off his new lighter hair on 'Lorraine' admitting he is 'going blond'. (ITV)
Rylan showed off his new lighter hair on 'Lorraine' admitting he is 'going blond'. (ITV)

But he added that the time out of the spotlight had been good for him after 10 years of fame.

Read more: Rylan reassures fans 'he's good' after fears for his mental health

He said: "I had four months off. It was needed, actually. It’s been ten years now I’ve been doing this job which is crazy, so maybe the time off is exactly what I needed. But I’m good."

Rylan joked: "I’m obviously going through a mid-life [crisis], trying to dye my hair blond, new teeth," referring to his recent veneer replacements.

Rylan is back on 'Strictly: It Takes Two' but has dropped his surname. (BBC)
Rylan is back on 'Strictly: It Takes Two' but has dropped his surname. (BBC)

But when host Lorraine Kelly assured him that fans had been 'genuinely worried' about him, Rylan said: "Sorry for scaring people."

The TV presenter — known for fronting revivals of Supermarket Sweep and Ready Steady Cook — stepped away from the spotlight around the time of the split to focus on his mental health.

He took a 10-week break from presenting his BBC Radio 2 Saturday afternoon radio show and pulled out of presenting the BBC's Eurovision live semi-final coverage in May.

He said in a statement: "I have made a number of mistakes which I deeply regret and have inevitably led to the breakdown of our marriage."

Rylan Clark (centre) and his boyfriend Dan Neal (left) walk together as they accompany children from the Carers Trust and a community hub in a deprived area of east London on a charity day trip to Disneyland Paris.   (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images)
Rylan Clark married ex-police officer Dan Neal in 2015, but they split earlier this year. (Getty Images)

Rylan — who found fame on The X Factor under the name Rylan Clark — married ex-police officer Dan Neal in November 2015 after being engaged for a year, and took on his husband's surname.

Rylan met Neal when he was a contestant on Big Brother in 2013. Rylan became the host of Big Brother's Bit On The Side on Channel 5 that series, having won Celebrity Big Brother at the beginning of the year.

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The couple co-hosted ITV's This Morning in 2016, standing in for Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford and becoming the first gay couple to host the show.

Watch: Rylan announced he had split from his husband in June

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