Denise Van Outen's six-year-marriage has been the subject of much speculation recently, and now the actress has said that while she is still together with Lee Mead, their relationship is under "massive strain".
Reports that the couple might be in trouble first surfaced when Denise was photographed holidaying on her own in Dubai over Easter. Last week, she decided to publically address those rumours, revealing that their decision not to employ a nanny meant that she and Lee were forced to holiday separately.
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Now the TV star, 38, has confirmed that she and Lee are still together, but described their relationship of late as being "like passing ships in the night" because of their busy careers.
"To be honest, it is really difficult. We just haven't seen each other," she told Now magazine. "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."
Towards the end of 2012, Denise was busy rehearsing for the dance show, while singer-actor Lee, 31, was touring and performing in pantomime. This year, he has been busy traveling to Hollywood for auditions, while his wife has been on tour with Strictly and hosting her Magic FM radio show.
"We haven't really spent any proper time together for six months," the mum-of-one said. "I'd say this has been the hardest few months out of all our time together."
Denise and Lee first met while filming the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007 and married in April 2009. Their daughter Betsy was born on 1 May 2010.