After suffering heartache at the hands of his cheating cousin wife, The Chase star Mark Labbett is said to found love again.
The quizzing genius – known on the ITV1 show as ‘The Beast’ – was left heartbroken when his nurse wife Katie, who is his second cousin, began seeing her senior design engineer lover Scott Bate, 30, for 18 months leading to the end of their romance.
Mark and Katie’s split came after seven years of marriage – with the related pair, who have a six-year-old son, blaming lockdown, mental health and their vast age difference as the causes for the end of their marriage.
Three years after the split, it has now come to light that Mark is reportedly dating TV presenter Hayley Palmer after he wooed the GB News star on a string of dates after being ‘friends for some time’ and have now ‘gone public’ with their love.
So how did The Beast recover from his heartache?
New romance! After suffering heartache at the hands of his cheating cousin wife, The Chase star Mark Labbett is said to found love again
Far from holding grudges, in 2020, Mark revealed he and Katie had split after marrying in 2014 and admitted in a candid interview at the time: ‘I’s better for us to go our separate ways,’ after the pair’s attempts to have an open marriage failed.
He told The Sun: ‘There was never any deceit on Katie’s part but it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly.’
Katie added: ‘I just want everyone to know what’s what and that we are all happy.’
It’s been revealed that Katie, who works as a nurse, has been seeing her senior design engineer lover Scott, 30, for 18 months.
On the up: Mark has been recovering from the end of his marriage with a new love
Mark admitted that he had a feeling that she was seeing Scott, but decided to approach things sensibly for the sake of their son.
But when lockdown came, things between him and Katie became strained and she started seeing Scott, resulting in Mark making the decision to end their marriage.
He explained: ‘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?’
He added that because they had a ‘family’ he simply could just ‘throw that away lightly’ as they had other ‘considerations’.
Mark and Katie tied the knot at Arundel Castle, West Sussex, in October 2014.
In September last year, Mark confirmed he was still with his wife, despite her admission four months earlier that she had cheated on him with a younger man.
Over: It comes after Mark split from his wife Katie in 2020 following seven years of marriage (pictured in 2018)
Following his heartache, Mark threw himself into a huge health overhaul, in which he shed a whipping 10st – leading to suspicion among followers.
In February, he revealed he is forced to deny having weight loss surgery after his incredible weight loss. He also revealed that while he was tempted to go under the knife he instead decided to get fit and healthy the old fashion way.
Mark, who went from a 5xl to 2xl, said at the time: ‘I’m not really trying to diet, I’m just being sensible, people say you’ve had the gastric sleeve or band, and I haven’t’.
‘I was tempted by the gastric band but a good friend of mine who’s a GP, said my problem is sugar, I have a sweet tooth,’
‘A gastric band is useless for me because sugar metabolises quite quickly, so I’ve done it the old fashion way by eating a bit less and I’ve tried to go to the gym.’
Before: In January last year Mark revealed he had shed 10 stone (pictured before the weight loss in 2018)
Slim Jim: Mark was forced to deny having weight loss surgery after his incredible 10 stone weight loss (right, pictured in 2019)
In the wake of the heartache, it has now been reported that he has found love once more – with his union with Hayley hitting headlines.
Sources claim that the TV star wooed the GB News presenter on a string of dates after being ‘friends for some time.’ It’s thought that the pair went public with their romance this week by enjoying a date on the beach in Portsmouth.
A source told The Sun: ‘They have been friends for some time and recently things developed into something more. Mark and Hayley have kept things low key but this week they headed out on a day-date.
‘The beach was busy and there were lots of people around but they both felt comfortable with people seeing them as a couple, not just friends.’
Hayley, who regularly appears on GB News, hosts shows including At Home With Hayley and Saturday Night With Hayley Palmer, and she met Mark through her television work.
Happy days: Hayley and Mark are pictured together in January