Celebrity Big Brother lovebirds Chantelle and Preston have split after 10 months of marriage, it has been announced.
Former promotions girl Chantelle and Ordinary Boys singer Preston met on the reality show in January 2006 and wed following a whirlwind romance, announcing their engagement in April and tying the knot in August.
“After much soul-searching and tearful discussions we have sadly decided to end our marriage,” Chantelle, 23, and Preston, 25, said in a joint statement.
“We hope we can always remain friends and still love each other but we both think we put so much pressure on one another to make our marriage work that it has ended up destroying our relationship. No one else is involved in our decision.”
The couple insisted their relationship was genuine and denied they had rushed into marriage.
The statement said: “We know people will think we married too quickly on the back of Big Brother but the truth is that, what anyone thinks, we did have a whirlwind romance but we were genuinely in love with each other at the time and we will never regret our time together.
“We both believe in marriage and we never treated our vows or our commitment to each other lightly. We’ve spent hours and hours discussing whether we can salvage our marriage, give it another go, try harder, anything rather than give up.
“But we now both agree that we should go our separate ways.”