Mark Labbett: The Chase star’s wife Katie breaks silence on their SPLIT ‘It’s hard’

The Chase star Mark Labbett, 53, and Katie Labbett, 26, have decided to call it quits as his wife admitted the pair have been “drifting” apart for awhile. Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, she said: “Mark and I had been talking about separating for some time — we have been drifting for a while. “He works away a lot and that’s been hard. A lot of people think it’s the age difference but we don’t see that as the factor.” The mother-of-one went onto explain she is currently dating another man, Scott Bate, and the pair met “by accident.”

I just want to set the record straight

Katie Labbett

She added she remains “good friends” with the quizmaster and he is “happy for her”.

Katie said: “I met Scott by accident, on a night out, and we just clicked.

“[Mark and I] remain good friends and he is happy for me that I’ve met Scott — and I’d be fine if he met someone else.”

She finished: “So I just want to set the record straight now as I’m sick of all the speculation. I want us all to be able to get on with our lives.”

The news of their split comes comes just a month after a spokesperson for Mark denied reports their marriage was over following reports Katie had cheated on Mark with another man.

The spokesperson said at the time: “Mark and Katie are not splitting up. Everything is fine between them and they have been at home together this week. has contacted a representative for Mark for comment.

Back in 2017, Mark and Katie appeared on Loose Women in a rare joint interview together.

During the chat, Mark spoke out about learning Katie was his second cousin, telling panelists they hadn’t found out until after the wedding.

The couple did not realise this about each other until three years after they tied in 2014.

He said: “It wasn’t something we were aware of at the time — it was one of those things that happened.”

Mark also said it was a “challenge” adapting to life in a relationship after being single for many years.

He added: “I had been a single man for a long while so I was getting used to the idea of being on my own.

“Especially as a bachelor, we can get pretty selfish. You get used to doing what you want to do all of the time.

“As a couple of my friends pointed out, the big challenge or me is learning to adapt to being with someone else.”

The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.

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