Coronation Street actress Kym Ryder and her husband Jack are separating.

The pair, who wed in 2002, said the split was ‘amicable’.

Ex-EastEnders star Jack will continue to see Kym’s children and no one else is involved in the break-up of their marriage, a statement from Coronation Street broadcaster ITV said.

The statement said: “With great sadness, Kym and Jack Ryder have decided to separate after seven years together.

“Their separation is amicable and they remain friends, with Jack continuing to see Kym’s children, David and Emily.

“There is no one else involved in the break-up of their marriage.

“Neither Jack nor Kym will be commenting further to the press, and in consideration of the children’s emotional welfare they have requested the media respect their privacy on this occasion.”

Kym, 31, shot to fame when she won a place in the band Hear’Say on the TV show Popstars in 2001.

The band’s first album sold 1.2 million copies, but Kym acrimoniously quit the band a year later amid reports of clashes with Myleene Klass. Her first solo single went to Number Two in the UK charts but her attempt at a solo career foundered soon afterwards, and Kym was dropped from her record label.

Jack, 26, played Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders from 1998 to 2002.