Jessica Knowles has broken her silence on her split from DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles, and detailed the heartbreaking cancer battle she went through during their time apart.
The pair originally parted ways in January 2016, and had since said that they were giving their marriage another go – but now mum-of-one Jessica has spoken to Holly and Phil on This Morning to confirm that the relationship is now over.
Chatting to the pair, Jessica explained the circumstances that led to the break up, describing the tumultuous year that 2016 was for both of them.
‘The truth is, we do get along really well. At the end of the day, we can both say we tried really hard. Date nights, marriage counselling, more time together… we really really tried,’ she said.
‘When you can both look at each other and know that you gave it your all – there’s no anger there, no animosity.’
Nick and Jessica in May 2016
Jessica suffered a miscarriage in early 2016, around the time of the couple’s break up, without realising that she was even pregnant in the first place.
This discovery led to her cervical cancer diagnosis in July, with Nick standing by her side throughout her recovery despite the fact that they were no longer together.
The fitness and lifestyle blogger shared the heartbreaking news of her illness in a post for HELLO! magazine, and later shared it on her Instagram page to her 1,500 followers.
‘After a brief period of being unwell I was unfortunately diagnosed, this week, with cervical cancer,’ she wrote.
Fortunately Jessica recovered, announcing she had beaten her cancer in August.
Nick then appeared on Lorraine in November 2016 to reveal that he and Jessica were working on their marriage – only to split again just a couple of months later.
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‘We’re working on our relationship,’ he said at the time. ‘Our essential point has to be our son Eddie… he’s a real joy and makes me smile every day.’
Sadly, despite work on both their parts, Jessica has now confirmed that after spending ‘several months apart’ due to Nick’s job as a DIY show presenter, the couple have split.