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The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen has split from her husband Clive after almost 22 years of marriage.
They confirmed the break-up in a joint statement after months of speculation the TV farming couple had split.
The pair – dubbed the ‘Country Kardashians’ – insisted they will continue to work on the Yorkshire farm where they have raised their nine children, as they say the huge brood’s happiness is their top priority.
The Instagram announcement made this evening (09.06.22) by Amanda said: “Clive and I have are sad to confirm that we have made the difficult decision to separate.
“This hasn’t been easy, but we bot 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 the happiness and well-being of our children.“
They went on to thank their supporters during the trauma time and asked for their privacy to be respected, before signing off as “Amanda and Clive”.
The couple, who starred in Channel 5’s series about life on Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, last October admitted they were going through a “rocky patch” and said “we’ve never said our marriage is perfect” after locals revealed they had been living apart for months.
They addressed the fierce speculation about their relationship being in trouble with a joint statement that said: “With the TV show and the books we’ve always aimed to show the reality of life on the farm, and just like any marriage we have our stresses and strains, coupled with all the complexities of what we do on the farm and bringing up nine kids.
“We’re a normal family and we’ve never said our marriage is perfect. Unfortunately the constant intrusion into our lives from the media has amplified a rocky patch that we're going through. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we work through this.”
Clive, who was married to another woman for 13 years, married Amanda married in 2000 after meeting five years earlier.
They were living at Ravenseat Farm, North Yorkshire with their nine children Raven, Reuben, Miles, Edith, Violet, Sidney, Annas, Clementine and Nancy.
Amanda became beloved as ‘The Yorkshire Shepherdess’ after opening her farm life to cameras and has released five books and appeared in other TV projects, including on last year’s BBC Four series Winter Walks.