British actress Denise Welch broke down in tears on live TV on Monday (06Feb12) as she announced she's split from her actor husband Tim Healy.
The blonde, 53, has been at the centre of media speculation about the state of her marriage for several weeks amid reports she's cheating on Healy with a toyboy lover.
But she used her spot as a presenter on talk show Loose Women on Monday to clear up the rumours, and she wept openly as she denied having an affair, revealing she and Healy - who starred in cult TV drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - are living separate lives.
Welch, who had a major role on longrunning serial drama Coronation Street, told viewers, "I just want to say, this is going to be really difficult for me... my family made a decision that we would talk about this today. Tim and I separated some time ago. I'm not having an affair - we have been living our own lives for some time now.
"I just wanted to say today to thank everybody (sic) for their support. Tim and I find a sense of relief that we don't have to hide this any more."