Rufus Hound and wife Beth Johnson have split after 13 years of marriage

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Rufus Hound announced that he separated from his wife Beth Johnson during the lockdown in April.

The comedian, 41, took to Twitter on Friday to share a poignant post that saw him claim that they “will always remain best friends” despite departing.

Rufus, who reportedly joined Dancing On Ice, said in a statement: “In April, Beth and I made the sad decision to end our marriage.

Breaking up: Dancing On Ice’s Rufus Hound revealed on Friday that he and his wife Beth Johnson split in April after 13 years of marriage … while set to appear in Dancing On Ice

“We will always have a lot of love and respect for each other. Even though we are apart, we will always remain best friends.

The couple share two children Alby and Hilda together, and he concluded by saying “As always, our family will remain our number one priority. “

Rufus and Beth met at the Reading Festival in 2006, and the couple married at the Little Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, a year later.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Rufus for comment.

Announcement: The 41-year-old comedian took to Twitter on Friday to share a poignant post that saw him claim that they will `` always be best friends '' despite the separation.

Announcement: The 41-year-old comedian took to Twitter on Friday to share a poignant post that saw him claim that they “will always be best friends” despite the separation.

Candid: Rufus (pictured in 2018) wrote in his statement: 'We will always have a lot of love and respect for each other.  Even if we are apart, we will always remain best friends'

Candid: Rufus (pictured in 2018) wrote in his statement, “We will always have a lot of love and respect for each other. Even if we are apart, we will always remain best friends’

It was claimed earlier this month that Rufus had signed up for Dancing On Ice, which is set to return in 2021.

The Sun reported that Rufus and Lady Leshurr were on the show’s bosses priority list, as a source speaking to the publication said they were “excited” to sign the stars.

They said, “Dancing On Ice puts on one of their most eclectic lineups of all time and the bosses are thrilled to have Rufus and Lady Leshurr on board.

“None of them will play it safe – on the show or on the ice. The next series certainly won’t be light on entertainment.

Family man: The couple share two children (LR) Alby and Hilda together (pictured from 2017)

Family man: The couple share two children (LR) Alby and Hilda together (pictured from 2017)

Dancing On Ice isn’t the first reality show Rufus has been linked to, as he previously won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2013.

Rufus was a regular Celebrity Juice panelist and has also appeared on shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

He’s also made his name in a number of theatrical productions, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Boy In The Dress and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Former flames: Rufus and Beth met at the Reading Festival in 2006, and the couple married at the Little Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, a year later (pictured in 2014)

Former flames: Rufus and Beth met at the Reading Festival in 2006, and the couple married at the Little Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, a year later (pictured in 2014)

Do the right thing: Rufus concluded his statement by saying 'as always our family will remain our number one priority' (pictured in 2017)

Do the right thing: Rufus concluded his statement by saying ‘as always our family will remain our number one priority’ (pictured from 2017)

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