The Chase star Mark Labbett splits from wife Katie after 5 year marriage

The Chase star Mark Labbett has split from his wife Katie after five years of marriage.

The 53-year-old ITV quiz champion has parted ways with 26-year-old Katie after it emerged she had been seeing someone else for the past year.

The couple, who have one son, decided to go their separate ways after images emerged showing Katie on a date with metal worker Scott Bate, 28, last week.

The quizzing guru and his partner, who are second cousins, have also reportedly decided to put their £600,000 home in Hereford up for sale.

Speaking out following news of her year-long affair, Katie told the Sun on Sunday: “I met Scott by accident, on a night out, and we just clicked.

"It wasn’t intentional, it just happened. But Mark always knew — straight from the off I was honest.

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

“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.”

Katie’s affair hit the headlines in April after she was spotted enjoying a number of romantic breaks with her new man.

Mark, affectionately known as “The Beast” on the hit ITV quiz show, met wife Katie on Facebook while both were in relationships with other people.

The unlikely friendship blossomed and they ended their relationships to embark on their personal romance.

Katie returned to the UK from her life in Dubai to marry the 6ft 7in former high school teacher at Arundel Castle in 2014.

Mark joined The Chase’s line-up in 2009, and reports suggest he has been approached to appear on this year’s “I’m A Celebrity”.

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