Amanda Owen admits split from Clive has been ‘release of pressure’

Amanda Owen on how 'Our Yorkshire Farm' affects her kids

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Amanda Owen’s hectic life with her hundreds of animals, nine children and husband Clive Owen has been documented on Channel 5 for years as part of the heartwarming show Our Yorkshire Farm. The Yorkshire Shepherdess announced she and Clive were parting ways earlier this year but they are continuing to work and raise their children together. Amanda, 48, has now admitted the breakup has been a “release of pressure” when she appeared on Friday’s Jeremy Vine on 5. 

Amanda and Clive, 67, were married for 22 years and live together on a 2,000-acre farm in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 

The shepherdess announced they were splitting up in June to her thousands of social media followers who were quick to send her well-wishes following her update. 

Amanda told her followers at the time the breakup had not been easy but stressed how she and Clive “believe it’s the right choice for the future of our family”. 

The Channel 5 star addressed the spilt on Friday’s instalment on Jeremy Vine on 5 as she discussed her latest book, Celebrating the Seasons. 

Jeremy asked Amanda how she and Clive continue to work together following their split. 

“We have a child with chickenpox, Clemmie has chickenpox, and I have another one who has been ill – everything carries on because it has to,” Amanda replied.

“You can’t have that amount of work on a farm and with the children and sort of meet at the weekend at McDonald’s for the handover.”

Amanda then admitted: “To be dead honest with you, coming out about it and speaking about it has been, for us personally, it’s been good. 

“It’s been a release of pressure and at the end of the day, everything we have ever put out there on the television or on the books has been about reality. 

“Do you know what? This is as much reality as anything.” 

However, Amanda admitted the breakup was “tough” when she appeared on Lorraine earlier this week. 

She said: “It’s really tough and it’s a really difficult aspect of it to get across, but when you do reality [TV], it has to be just that. 

“That means it covers the ups and downs and that can be on any level.

“So life carries on, on the farm, obviously there is a whole [range] of things to do.

“I have nine children, a whole heap of animals, and we are just working away the same as before because, at the end of the day, our priority remains to keep everything going.

“There you go, that’s how it is, I felt it needed to be put out there.”

Channel 5 has not confirmed whether another season of Our Yorkshire Farm will be released, and neither has Amanda. 

Our Yorkshire Farm first landed on the broadcaster in November 2008 and it drew in millions of viewers each season. 

Fans were first introduced to Amanda when she appeared on Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild.

Our Yorkshire Farm episodes are available to stream on My5.

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