MasterChef fan favourite Poh Ling Yeow has announced her marriage to Jonathan Bennett is over after six years and 12 years together.
The 48-year-old shared the shock news during an interview with The Weekend Australian while talking about her plans for 2021.
"It is about me doing the things I love and remembering who I am without another person. [Husband] Jono and I broke up," she said, adding it's been an amicable split. "It’s been the most untraumatic breakup possible and I’m single again after 12 years.
"I’m enjoying negotiating life on my own, enjoying the feeling of being a lone ranger – I’ve been in serious relationships for 24 of my 47 years. But Jono and I still work together and are the best of friends. I work with husband numbers one and two. Jamface is a catalogue of failed marriages! Life is stranger than fiction."
Poh, Jono and her ex-husband Matt Phipps run Jamface Cafe at the Adelaide Centra Market alongside Matt's wife Sarah Rich, Poh's best friend of 20 years.
Speaking of the strange working relationship she has with her ex-husband and his wife in 2017, Poh told Mamamia, "He's my ex-husband. She's my best friend. And when we broke up, they got together and it's all dandy."
She added that Matt is "like her brother" and there was never a "love triangle".
Poh first found fame in 2009 on MasterChef season one, she returned to the show 10 years later as a mentor and then in 2020 she appeared as a contestant in the Back to Win series, where she came sixth - much to the dismay of her fans.
Judge Melissa Leong summed up the feelings of fans at the time by saying, "Poh, you are a national treasure. Every day we could be guaranteed we would get all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your love and all of your commitment.
“You have been part of the MasterChef Australia family since day one and it has been the greatest privilege to have you back in this kitchen and cooking with us."
Fellow MasterChef star Callum Hann also added, "I think when people around this country would think of the word MasterChef, you're probably the image that gets conjured up in their mind, for all the wonderful things we love about you.
"I think what Australia gets to see is Poh's incredible cooking skill, but what they might not necessarily see is what she's like as a person behind the scenes as well, which is pretty incredible."
Poh broke down in tears as she walked off the stage and said, "MasterChef really made me understand how important food needed to be in my life the first time, and it's done it again. I'm just really grateful."
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