The Chase's Mark Labbett splits from wife after open marriage failed

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

The Chase Australia star Mark Labbett and wife Katie have officially separated after seven years of marriage, saying their age difference and open marriage took a toll on the relationship.

The 55-year-old married nurse Katie, 28, in 2014 and the couple share a three-year-old son.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Mark Labbett and Katie Labbett arriving at the ITV Gala held at the London Palladium on November 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
Mark Labbett and wife Katie in 2017. Photo: Getty

However, they split temporarily last year after she admitted to having an affair with 30-year-old design engineer Scott Bate.

For the sake of their son, Mark and Katie later reconciled and tried to make the marriage work, while she remained in a relationship with Scott.

But the pair have now decided to end their relationship in an amicable split.

“With Katie seeing Scott after lockdown, it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly without the stress factor of living together,” he told the Sun on Sunday.

“When Katie first came clean to me about her boyfriend, I’d had an inkling. But right from the start, my attitude was quite pragmatic – this was spilt milk, what could we do about the situation to make it OK?

“We had a family. We couldn’t just throw that away lightly. There were other considerations.”

‘The Beast’, as he is known to The Chase viewers, added: “But Covid provided the perfect storm. My mental health suffered and the differences in our ages became magnified.”

Mark Labbett attending the National Television Awards 2017 at the O2, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mark is know as 'The Beast' on The Chase Australia. Photo: AP

Katie, also taking part in the interview, said she just wants “Mark to be happy”.

Mark went on to add he would never publicly bash Katie, as he does not want their son “to read anything bad about his mother” when he is older.

Mark had previously revealed he and Kate are actually second cousins, something he says they didn’t realise until after they began dating.

He told the Loose Women panel in 2017: “It wasn’t something we were aware of at the time - it was one of those things that happened.”

Additional reporting by Danny Thompson.

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