S CLUB beauty Rachel Stevens has revealed that she has been separated from her husband Alex Bourne for over a decade.
The couple, who were childhood sweethearts, married in 2009 and shared daughters Amelie, 11, and Minnie, eight.
Rachel, 44, revealed the shocking news on Instagram tonight, insisting that they would remain “united” as a family.
She wrote: “I just wanted to share with you that over time and consideration the difficult decision has been made for Alex and me to split up.
“Although we are no longer marriage partners, we remain partners in parenting our beautiful girls and continue to love and respect each other.”
She concluded, “I feel so incredibly grateful for the life we’ve built together and will now continue to focus on moving forward together as a family.”
Rachel rose to fame as part of pop sensation S Club in 1999, becoming a major pin-up in the boy magazine era.
She went on to star in Dancing on Ice, finishing second alongside dance partner Vincent Simone.
Rachel recently insisted that she loves recreating her mag shoot days at age 44.
She told The Sun: “Yeah, I was going to do another bikini shoot, why not?
“I loved doing those shoots because it was an opportunity to do something where I could express myself in a different way than Top Of The Pops or Smash Hits and all those other magazines the band did.
“I love photo shoots and find them very creative. I like being involved in how we’re going to make the photos look.”