Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead split after four years of marriage - CONFIRMED

Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead have confirmed they have split up after four years of marriage. 

Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead have broken off their marriage. Copyright [Rex]

The couple, who had been fielding off rumours their relationship is on the rocks for months, have finally admitted they are going their separate ways.

A spokesperson for Denise confirmed: "Following continued speculation, Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead are sad to confirm they have decided to separate.

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"The couple remain the best of friends, with their daughter Betsy as their No.1 priority. The family ask for privacy at this time."

Just last week the pair looked to have quashed rumours they were struggling to make things work when they headed out on a family outing with their little girl.

Denise and Lee looked to have quashed the split rumours this week. Copyright [Wenn]

The family put on brave faces as they they popped by giant toy store Hamleys in London to check out the new line of kids toys for Tickety Toc.

But overnight they have confirmed they are calling time on their marriage and according to The Sun on Sunday musical theatre star Lee has already moved out of their family home in Hampstead and is living in the West End near work.

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The couple are said to have grown apart in recent months with the spark fading after a while - but there was reportedly no big blowout in the run-up to the separation.

Denise, 39 and 32-year-old Lee have rarely been seen together in recent months, citing work commitments when asked why they were going solo.

Back in May Lee told new! magazine they were "happy and fine" and said it was bizarre people were speculating that they were having trouble.

He said: “It’s hard being away. You balance everything and work it as best you can.”

“I find it quite bizarre [people write about us]. We’re a private couple but more and more gets written about us.”

But Denise raised eyebrows last year when she admitted her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing - which saw her reach the final with partner James Jordan - was making things tough for the pair.

Denise and Lee have said their daughter Betsy is their priority now.

She said: “To be honest, it is difficult. We haven’t seen each other. I started on Strictly in September and we’ve been like passing ships in the night.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s been a massive strain on the relationship.”

They met when Lee appeared on BBC show 'Any Dream Will Do' in 2007, which he won - while Denise was on the judging panel.

The pair starting dating just weeks after meeting on the show, with Lee calling time on his three-year romance with dancer Kerry Stammers.

Two years later they married in a private affair in the Seychelles, with just 12 guests, with Denise announcing she was pregnant with Betsy just weeks later.

Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison married in 2011, when she was just 16 and he was 51. Copyright [Splash]
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Wed, May 8, 2013 13:00 BST