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Corrie's Marsh granted divorce

Kym Marsh
Kym Marsh and Jack Ryder married in August 2002

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and former EastEnders actor Jack Ryder have been granted a divorce after she admitted committing adultery.

The couple were not at London's High Court for the two-minute hearing where a decree nisi was granted.

The actress admitted starting a relationship with Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas while she was still married.

The couple married in August 2002 and after an on-off relationship finally separated in March last year.

Marsh agreed to pay part of the legal bill after the divorce was granted on the grounds that the marriage had irretrievably broken down.

'No suggestion'

In a statement released through ITV, Marsh, 32, said her relationship with Lomas started several months after announcing the split from her husband.

The statement read: "She and Jack Ryder announced their separation in March 2008. She met Jamie Lomas in May 2008 and shortly afterwards began a relationship with him.

"There is no suggestion that the adultery was committed whilst she and Mr Ryder were still together - the date of the adultery on the papers is July 2008."

The statement added it was only classed as adultery for the purpose of the divorce papers because the actress and Mr Ryder were still married when she began her relationship with Lomas.

Marsh and Lomas recently lost their baby son, Archie, after he was born 18 weeks prematurely.

The actress plays barmaid Michelle Connor in the ITV soap and has two children, aged 10 and 13, from a previous relationship.



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