Carrie Bickmore and Chris Walker stunned fans with news of their shock split on Wednesday morning. The former couple, who met on the set of The Project in 2012, shared a similar statement on Instagram about their “immense sadness” over their separation.
While the pair said they wouldn’t be ‘making any further comments’, it seems as though the emotional day tipped Chris over the edge. The TV producer is a proud stepfather to Carrie’s son Ollie from her first marriage to the late Greg Lange, and also shares two girls Evie and Adelaide with the star.
Both Carrie and Chris announced that they are putting their kids first and focusing on “parenting, loving and supporting” the trio during the “tough time”.
In a touching post on his Instagram story, Chris shared a snap of himself with his children and thanked everybody for their support through the tough time.
“Thanks to friends, family and colleagues on an otherwise rubbish day. Glad I get to be with the three best people on earth (+ Jem) to finish it,” he wrote.
“Your words and kindness (and food) have been cherished. I haven’t got back to you all but I will and I love you heaps,” he wrote.
Carrie’s private note hints at personal struggles
This comes after it was revealed Carrie hinted at personal struggles just months before announcing the split.
The radio host wrote a heartfelt card to her colleagues as she finished up at The Project in November, which was shared on social media.
In an emotional card to her hair and make up team, Carrie expressed her gratitude for the support they had offered her.
"To my hair and make up family. Crap I am crying already. You have held my hand through some of the toughest days in my career," she wrote.
"You hear it all, see it all and share it all with me and I can't explain how much I am going to miss you all.
"There is an unspoken bond between us all and please never forget how special you all are. I know this is not goodbye, just goodbye for now. Love to you all. Carrie."
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