The Chase's Mark 'The Beast' Labbett opens up about the reason he and his wife split

goss 03/09/2020

The Chase quiz master Mark 'The Beast' Labbett has split from his wife Katie after 7 years of marriage.

In a recent interview with The Sun, the pair pointed to their 27 year age gap and Covid-19 as the main reasons for their relationship ending.

"There was never any deceit on Katie’s part but it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly." Mark said.

For the past 18 months Katie has been dating someone else, which Mark was fully aware and ok with. 

"I just want everyone to know what’s what and that we are all happy." she said.

The pair have a 3 year old son together and they hope to keep their friendship strong for him.

"When Katie first came clean to me about her boyfriend, I’d had an inkling." Mark said.

"But right from the start, my attitude was quite pragmatic — this was spilt milk, what could we do about the situation to make it OK?"

"We had a family. We couldn’t just throw that away lightly. There were other considerations."

"But Covid provided the perfect storm. My mental health suffered and the differences in our ages became magnified."

"With Katie seeing Scott after lockdown, it’s got to the point where I realise it’s better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly, without the stress factor of living together."

Sounds like they've managed to end things on good terms.