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Two hill shepherds known as the “Kardashians of the Countryside” “are fighting to save their marriage” after more than 21 years, according to reports.
Amanda, 47, and Clive Owen, 66, of Our Yorkshire Farm, are reportedly living apart amid concerns that the beloved couple have separated.
Ms Owen is believed to have left the family home in Swaledale and moved into their rental property nearby.
Mr. Owen is said to be “desperate” to mend their relationship and “fears” that their marriage will end in divorce.
The couple became beloved TV stars through the Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm starting in 2018 after their first appearance on the ITV series The Dales in 2011.
The program follows them and their nine children around the 2,000-acre Ravenseat Farm as they battle the harsh elements to carry out their rural chores.
But the difficult lifestyle depicted in the series appears to have taken its toll, with the couple’s alleged feuds becoming “the village talking point.”
Our Yorkshire Farm stars Amanda (R) and Clive Owen (L) reportedly ‘fight to save their marriage’ after more than 21 years together
A family friend told The Sun, “It’s incredibly sad. Amanda and Clive are two extremely popular characters here in the Dales, and no one saw that coming.
“Clive loves Amanda in pieces and loves her, and fears that the marriage will fail even if he doesn’t want to.” He fears they are divorcing.
“He feels the image of them playing happy families is a garbage heap. He thinks this will be the last show they’ll shoot together, and now it’s about taking care of the kids and putting them first.
The insider said Mr Owen wanted his wife to stay for Christmas, but added that the decision was “largely in Amanda’s hands.”
Ms Owen met her husband in 1996 when he was already divorced with two children, after arriving at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess.
They live with their children Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clemmie, five, and Nancy, four.
An insider added that Clive wanted the family to ‘stay together for Christmas’, but the decision is ‘largely in Amanda’s hands’ (pictured)
The mother of nine grew up in a traditional three-bed house with her parents and a brother in the greater market town of Huddersfield.
The 6ft 2in blonde was encouraged to follow the same career path as her model mom, but she hated clothes and makeup.
She said, “You actually end up doing knitting catalogs and things like. It was floral cardigans, Prince Diana, 1980. No thanks.
She left her comfortable city life to work on farms across the country, but it was when she knocked on Ravenseat Farm’s door that she found her calling.
Amanda, 47, lives in Ravenseat Farm in Yorkshire with her husband Clive Owen, 67. Pictured left to right: Annas, seven, Violet, 10, Edith, 12, Raven, 20, Amanda with Nancy, four, Clive with Clemmie, five, Reuben, 17, Miles, 14 and Sidney, eight
Many of her children help out on the farm when they are not at school – or make the round trip as the trip takes an hour and a half each way.
Reports of a split first surfaced earlier this month, with their spokesperson dismissing the claims.
But the former model was spotted in the couple’s rental property without her husband on Monday evening.
It comes the day before the release on Thursday of his new book on his family life in the Dales.
The book, titled Celebrating The Seasons, provides an overview of the cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges facing the family.
Clive (left), 66, is said to be ‘desperate’ to mend their relationship and ‘fears’ their marriage will lead to divorce
A summary on Amazon says: “Amanda shares funny and charming stories about life with her family and their many four-legged loads and describes their activities in Ravenseat, from lambing and mowing to haymaking and feeding. of the herd in the middle of winter.
“Her beautiful photographs showcase the famous Swaledale landscape she writes on, from the vast moors to rare wildflowers and elusive hares glimpsed in the field. “
Mrs Owen’s life is portrayed as idyllic in Our Yorkshire Farm, but she had a difficult upbringing.
She lost her father Maurice – a 6-foot-9 “gentle giant” – when she was only 17, saying, “Maybe I would have made more use of the time we have together if I did. had known I was going to lose him at such a young age. ‘
She first wanted to get into farming by reading a book on rural life and tried to become a shepherdess.
The former model first met her husband when she knocked on his door looking for a farm job, at a time when he ran the establishment on his own.
Mr. Owen recalled, “I remember this six-foot-tall woman knocking on the door. I was very taken with her. You cannot not be.
She added, “It was a slow-burning thing, we kind of got to know each other. I made friends first, then we went out for a bit.
The couple had nine children and Ms. Owen breastfed for nearly 15 years in a row, while caring for 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies.
Prior to meeting Ms. Owen, Mr. Owen had been married to another woman for 13 years and has two grown children.
Her eldest, Rosie, 34, who works as a bartender, said her relationship with her father broke when he remarried.
Despite being a bridesmaid at their wedding, she said, “Millions of people log on to see this idyllic farmhouse on TV, but they don’t know the heartache behind it. “
Rosie moved to Cumbria with her mother when she was nine with her mother and then her 11-year-old brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Owen married in 2000, Rosie saying, “The day before the wedding I started crying because I was afraid of losing my father.
‘It was horrible. I used to feel really embarrassed, thinking, “What’s wrong with me? What did I do? Am I saying and doing the right things? ‘