Chantelle Houghton confirms Alex Reid walked out on her and Dolly *sad face*

We knew that Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid have had relationship issues lately, but we'd been hoping that the rumours about him walking out were exactly that - just rumours.

Alex Reid and Chantelle HoughtonChantelle Houghton and Alex Reid have looked strained for weeks now. Copyright [Big]However, now Chantelle Houghton has confirmed that Alex Reid did walk out on her and two month old Dolly last week, we feel pretty sad.

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Chantelle Houghton said in her new! magazine column: "I can confirm that Alex did leave our house last week. He stayed at his mum's and didn't come back for a week. Now he's back but that's all I want to say about it at the moment."

Uh Oh. That doesn't sound great. Although we're taking the fact that Alex Reid is back as a more positive sign.

Chantelle Houghton and Alex ReidChantelle Houghton and Alex Reid in October last year. Copyright [Rex]Chantelle admitted in her column last week that things were very strained between the pair, but so far neither she nor Alex has fully commented on the situation.

A source close to the pair, however, said: "Chantelle felt extremely hurt and let down by Alex - and still does. They're talking about their future.

"Chantelle would desperately like for it to work out between them for Dolly's sake but she just isn't sure how, given Alex's recent behaviour. So it's unclear how it will turn out between them."

Chantelle Houghton pregnantChantelle Houghton and Alex Reid briefly split when Chantelle was 8 months pregnant. Copyright [WENN]Alex and Chantelle briefly split towards the end of her pregnancy. However, once baby Dolly was born they seemed to have got things back on track.

However,  these latest rows and week-long separations sound pretty serious, and we're really hoping that the pair manage to sort things out once and for all.