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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
Ex-Hear'Say singer in marriage split
Kym Marsh
Marsh attended a recent London film premiere alone
Singer Kym Marsh and actor husband Jack Ryder have split after one year of marriage.

Former Hear'Say star Marsh began a trial separation on Monday from Ryder, an ex-soap star in BBC One's EastEnders.

The marriage, already "turbulent," had become even more strained as Marsh strives to establish a solo pop career, the couple said.

"It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce we will be taking a trial separation as of today," the couple said in a statement issued by Marsh's management company.

While she has had a number two single and is promoting her follow-up song, Ryder has struggled to find work after quitting the BBC One soap.

The statement said: "Over the last couple of months we have experienced some turbulence in our relationship.

"This, together with Kym's work commitments, has added an even greater strain on the marriage.

"The decision to spend some time apart has been made mutually and amicably and our number one priority is to preserve the marriage and to consider the children."

The couple live in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with Marsh's two children, Emily, five, and eight-year-old David.

"Hopefully with this time and space we will be able to sort out our differences and repair our relationship," the couple said.

Lavish wedding

The couple met in the BBC canteen when Ryder was starring as EastEnders' Jamie Mitchell.

They sold the picture rights of their lavish wedding at St Albans Cathedral in August last year to a glossy magazine.

For a time, the couple professed in interviews to be blissfully happy, but cracks began to appear recently.

At the weekend Marsh reportedly admitted: "For the past few months I've been away for days on end.

"We end up rowing on the phone - the only way we can communicate - and it upsets me. We scream at each other. Jack is broken-hearted over this."

She attended the London premiere of Legally Blonde 2 last week alone.

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