Our Yorkshire Farm shepherdess Amanda Owen is spending nights away from family home amid secret marital rift

OUR Yorkshire Farm shepherdess Amanda Owen is spending nights away from family home amid secret marital rift.

TV star Amanda Owen and husband Clive are battling to save their 21-year marriage, The Sun can reveal.

The mum of nine, 47, has been spending nights away from the family home while her new book hails the virtues of domestic life.

It is understood the pair want to keep their problems under wraps ahead of publication day tomorrow.

Millions who watch their weekly rural dramas on Channel 5’s hit docuseries Our Yorkshire Farm will have had no idea about their secret marital pain.

Sources say Clive, 66, is “desperate” to repair their relationship while Amanda spends time away from the family home.

Last night a close family friend said: “It’s incredibly sad.

"Amanda and Clive are two hugely popular figures here in the Dales, and no one saw this coming.

“Clive loves Amanda to bits and adores her, and fears the marriage may be failing even though he desperately doesn’t want it to. He fears they will divorce.

“He reckons the image of them playing happy families is a load of rubbish.

"He thinks this will be the last series they film together, and now it’s about looking after the kids and putting them first.

“He wants them to stay together for Christmas and then, unfortunately for him, the decision is very much in Amanda’s hands. He will do as he’s told.”

The Sun first approached Amanda’s publicist on October 12, enquiring about a possible split — with her living away from the family home in Swaledale.

We were told: “Amanda and Clive have not parted ways and Amanda has not moved out of the family home.”

But on Monday night the former model was pictured at their nearby rental property, while Clive remained at the family residence.

A source added: “Their possible split has become the talk of the village and, with the couple having nine kids, not surprisingly talk has quickly spread through school channels.

"Obviously everyone around them hopes they can work things out, and 21 years of largely happy marriage won’t end up playing out in the divorce courts.”

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