Letitia Dean’s recent split from her husband of five years was down to her longing for a baby, her mother-in-law has claimed.

The 39-year-old, who is currently starring in Strictly Come Dancing>, went through the painful split after husband Jason Pethers wanted to put off starting a family, the Daily Mirror reports.

“They both wanted children, but Jason wanted to wait until he could afford it,” his mother, Joan, told the paper. “She had a lot more money than him. I think, like any man, he wanted to look after his wife.

“They were happy. It was no dramatic thing – they haven’t found someone else. I guess they just fell out of love for the time being.”

But Joan added that the couple’s relationship wasn’t doomed for certain, saying: “They still love each other, they have long conversations on the phone.

“I keep asking Jason: ‘When are you and Letitia going to get back together?’ I would be very surprised if they did not get back together as they love each other so much.”

Jason has apparently been avidly following Letitia’s progress on Strictly, where she is paired with professional dancer Darren Bennett.