Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen admits being newly single is ‘tough’

‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’ Amanda Owen says she’s struggled with single life since marriage split  (PA Archive)
‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’ Amanda Owen says she’s struggled with single life since marriage split (PA Archive)

Amanda Owen has admitted that she has struggled with being single since she and husband Clive Owen ended their 21-year marriage.

The pair, who share nine children, stunned fans when they announced they were going their separate ways in a statement last year.

In a new interview, the Yorkshire shepherdess, 48, has opened up about how "tough" it has been since the split but that they "just have to get on with it".

“Look, there are two simple facts: if he thought I was brilliant, and I thought he was brilliant, then we wouldn’t have separated," she added to the Radio Times.

"It’s a fact, isn’t it? But, you know what, that’s not unique, it’s just how things are, pressures, all the rest of it. But we have nine kids, with associated friends, girlfriends, and we just have to get on with it."

Owen and estranged husband Clive, pictured in previous scenes from Our Yorkshire Farm, now ‘just have to get on’ with their tough split (Getty Images)
Owen and estranged husband Clive, pictured in previous scenes from Our Yorkshire Farm, now ‘just have to get on’ with their tough split (Getty Images)

When asked if she and her ex were co-parenting, she said: "Call it that if you want, but it’s just a buzzword, really. It just means we take it in turns to shout at the kids."

Speaking on her children, Raven, 21, Reuben, 19, Miles, 16, Edith, 14, Violet, 12, Sidney, 11, Annas, 9, Clemmy, 7, and six-year-old Nancy, she said: "I loved having babies about, but I wasn’t ‘goo-goo, ga-ga’.

"I couldn’t wait for them to find their own feet and run off.

"Someone once said to me, "Oh, my God, you’ll really regret having all these kids when they’re teenagers. And now I’ve probably got about four or five teenagers, and it’s great.

The couple announced their split on social media in June 2022 (Amanda Owen / Instagram)
The couple announced their split on social media in June 2022 (Amanda Owen / Instagram)

"I love it. I feel like it keeps me young and I love seeing their characters and how different they all are."

Following her marriage split, the TV star began filming a new More4 documentary, titled Amanda Owen’s Farming Lives, her first solo series without Clive.

The new series sees her visiting other working farms across the UK and seeing how they cope during the cost-of-living crisis. She’s also set to do a UK tour later this year.

Meanwhile, Clive and their son Reuben will star in TV show, Beyond the Yorkshire Farm, with the first episode airing in December.

Clive Owen helped by some of his and Amanda’s children to lay down fresh bedding for the sheep at Ravenseat farm (Getty Images)
Clive Owen helped by some of his and Amanda’s children to lay down fresh bedding for the sheep at Ravenseat farm (Getty Images)

The pair, who rose to fame through Our Yorkshire Farm, which follows their life on Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, announced they would be splitting in an Instagram Story post last June.

The joint statement read: "Clive and I are sad to confirm that we have made the difficult decision to separate. This hasn’t been easy, but we both believe it’s the right choice for the future of our family.

“Although we are no longer a couple, we continue to work on the farm and co-parent together with our number one priority being the happiness and well-being of our children."