Amanda Owen, 48, has slammed “village gossip” after so-called neighbours discussed the breakdown of her relationship with Clive Owen to the press. The former couple, who first met in 1995, were married for 22 years and they share nine children together.
Earlier this year, an unnamed neighbour alleged that the Our Yorkshire Farm couple split up because she had been “swept up by the spotlight”.
Further rumours suggested they had been living apart for 18 months.
On June 9, Amanda finally broke her silence and confirmed they were no longer together.
In a statement, she told fans the decision “hasn’t been easy” and that they will continue to co-parent and work on the farm.
She went on to say it would be “incredibly unfair” if she discussed details of their split without Clive by her side, adding: “We’re not enemies.”
The mother-of-nine went on to say that she and her ex spouse had agreed not to talk negatively about each other post split.
Echoing Clive’s words, she recalled: “‘I’ll never say a bad word about you,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ll do exactly the same’.
“I’ve always reckoned that the best way to teach kids is to lead by example, right?”
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Amanda and Clive have nine children; Nancy, six, Clemmie, seven, Annas, nine, Sidney, 10, Violet, 12, Edith, 14, Miles, 16, Reuben, 18, and Raven, 21.
She previously revealed that having a big family was never on the agenda until she had her first born.
At the time of meeting Clive, he was divorced with two children of his own and didn’t want anymore.
She told The Guardian: “I don’t think we ever even talked about having children – or how many. We didn’t make plans. It just happened.”
Last year, the shepherdess revealed she had given birth to her eighth child by herself due to the hospital being far away.
On This Morning, she explained: “I put the kettle on, stoked up the fire and basically had her in front of the fire with just a terrier as a birthing partner, which is perfect.”
On why Clive wasn’t by her side, she added: “The point of the matter is he had been at seven births previously and we spend our whole lives dealing with birthing things, so it wasn’t exactly something that I was particularly bothered about.
“I did it myself and I’m very happy and pleased that I did.”
After leaving Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary stunned, she laughed: “Honestly, don’t knock it, it’s great.”