Former Manchester United player Wes Brown and his wife, reality TV star Lynn, have split.
The couple secretly broke up last year, it became known.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lynn, 45, took off her engagement ring, and Wes, 42, moved out of the mansion they shared with their three children.
The couple have been together for over 20 years and got married in 2009.
A source said yesterday: “Wes and Lynn broke up before Christmas.
“There were no third parties; it’s just the sad fact that their marriage has run its course.
“Leanne thrived on her single life and took off her engagement ring.
“She has told people that she feels free, is working hard on her business and is thriving as an independent woman.
“Meanwhile, Wes is doing his best.
“For a while, there were rumors about problems in their marriage, but they kept a brave face in public.
“Now it’s officially over and they’re doing their best to co-parent their children as they build their lives as separate individuals.”
Lynn was spotted without her engagement ring at a party with pals at Manchester’s best eatery Menagerie earlier this month.
The day before, she posted a cryptic message on Instagram.
Alongside a photo of her without her engagement ring, Lynn wrote: “When you realize that the only relationship in your life that needs the most attention, love, kindness, respect and compassion is your relationship with yourself, your life will improve dramatically. ”
Wag is friends with Colin Rooney and was absent from husband Wayne’s documentary premiere in Manchester earlier this month, which Wes attended alone.
Lynn, who has daughters Hallie, 19, Lily, 14, and Lola, 11, with Wes, has previously spoken out about the difficulties of dating the football star.
Defender Wes signed for Manchester United at the age of 14 and played for the club until the age of 32.
He went on to play for Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers and made 23 caps for England, scoring one goal.
In 2019, Lynn said: “Yes, we have a great life and all this money, and I’m not saying the money is small, but when you’re in it, you’re living in this bubble.
“While fans can be amazing, they can also be very violent.
“Must be hard [for footballers] deal with being on top one minute and hating the next for a bad hit or miss.
“We are the only ones who will have to pick up the pieces and bear the brunt of what is left at the end of their career.
“Sometimes it’s hard to be alone. The guys often leave, especially if they play in a prestigious club and the England national team.
A rep for Wes declined to comment on the split.