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Rylan Clark-Neal’s split from husband Dan Neal has been on the cards “for a year”, a source has told OK!.
It was first reported on Sunday that TV favourite Rylan, 32, and Dan, 41, had separated after over five years of marriage. Rylan confirmed the split on Monday in a statement and admitted he made a "number of mistakes" which he "deeply regrets".
A source tells OK!: “It’s been a long time coming. It’s been on the cards for a year. They’ve been fighting a lot recently. It got to the stage where it was quite toxic. Instead of letting it go horribly wrong, they’ve decided it’s best to end it now."
Our source added: “But they’ll carry on being friends.”
Rylan told The Sun: "Following reports about Dan and I spending time apart, I feel have to speak out as the way it is being reported is unfair.
"I have made a number of mistakes which I deeply regret and have inevitably led to the breakdown of our marriage."
Rylan added that he is "seeking help" and explained his ongoing break from his Radio 2 show, which left fans concerned.
He said: "I have taken time away from work as I am not in a good place at the moment and am seeking help.
"I am trying to take each day at a time and would like to say thank you to everyone for their support and for respecting our privacy at this time."
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It comes after it was reported he and Dan had separated, as a source told the publication: "Rylan’s one of the most beloved people on TV so fans will be sad to hear what has happened.
"He often spoke of their relationship on air and they even co-hosted an episode of This Morning but unfortunately things haven’t worked out.
"They don’t want to discuss it in public and a bit of time off is probably for the best for now."
The source continued: “It’s one of those things. All those close to them wish them all the best.”
They added: “Rylan’s a huge talent so obviously fans and TV execs are hoping to see him back on the airwaves soon.
“Dan’s very well liked among their friends so of course they all wish him the best too.”
Rylan and his Big Brother husband Dan got engaged in 2014, after first meeting on Big Brother's Big on the Side the year before.
The couple wed in November 2015 in a ceremony at Braxted Park in Essex which was kept very much out the public eye.
OK! has approached Rylan's representative for comment.
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