Our Yorkshire Farm couple have been 'living apart for MONTHS'

Our Yorkshire Farm couple have been ‘living apart for MONTHS’: Shepherdess wife Amanda Owen has stayed in rental cottage while promoting new book about family life after getting ‘caught up in spotlight’ from Ch5 show

  • EXCLUSIVE: Amanda Owen ‘moved into house’ down road from Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale ‘months ago’
  • Meanwhile her husband Clive Owen – who stars in the show with her – stayed in the farmhouse, villagers said
  • The couple, known as the ‘Kardashians of the Countryside’, are believed to be ‘battling to save their marriage’
  • Mr Owen is understood to be ‘desperate’ to repair their relationship and ‘fears’ the marriage will end in divorce
  • It was feared they recently started living apart but  neighbours claim it was common knowledge months ago

Our Yorkshire Farm stars Amanda and Clive Owen have been ‘living apart for months’ after she ‘got caught up in the spotlight’ from the Channel 5 show, locals have claimed.

Mrs Owen moved into their rental property down the road from Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, where Mr Owen stayed in the farmhouse, villagers said.

The couple, known as the ‘Kardashians of the Countryside’, are said to be ‘battling to save their marriage’ after more than 21 years.

Mr Owen, who was married to another woman for 13 years, is understood to be ‘desperate’ to repair their relationship and ‘fears’ their marriage will end in divorce.

It was feared they had recently started living apart but their neighbours claim it was common knowledge months ago.

Mr and Mrs Owen became adored television stars through the Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm from 2018 after first appearing on ITV series The Dales in 2011.

The programme follows them and their nine children around the 2,000-acre Ravenseat Farm as they battle the harsh elements to tackle rural duties.

But the tough lifestyle portrayed in the series appears to have taken its toll, with the couple’s supposed fall out becoming ‘the talk of the village’.

Amanda, 47, live on Ravenseat Farm in Yorkshire with her husband Clive Owen, 67. Pictured left to right: Annas, seven, Violet, 10, Edith, 12, Raven, 20, Amanda with Nancy, four, Clive with Clemmie, five, Reuben, 17, Miles, 14 and Sidney, eight. Pictured: The family are in front of The Fires, where Amanda is believed to be staying

Our Yorkshire Farm stars Amanda (R) and Clive Owen (L) are reportedly ‘battling to save their marriage’ after more than 21 years together

An insider added that Clive wants the family ‘to stay together for Christmas’ but the decision is ‘very much in Amanda’s hands’ (Pictured)

 66-year-old Clive (L)  is said to be ‘desperate’ to repair their relationship and ‘fears’ their marriage will result in divorce

The Firs: Amanda Owen’s holiday home she is thought to be staying in

Amanda Owen’s website the Yorkshire Shepherdess advertises a stunning stay in the Dales in their holiday home.

The Firs, a six-bedroom farmhouse, looks out over five acres of meadows and pasture.

It has two king sized rooms, one double, a single, a triple bunk and a single bunk.

It is accessed by a private road behind three gates and dates back to at least the seventeenth century.

It has a number of original features, including stone flagged floors, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and a traditional black Yorkshire range.

It has a cosy living room in front of a roaring fire as well as a traditional farmhouse kitchen with a table for eight people.

It also includes a microwave, fridge freezer and toaster,  utility room with washer and tumble drier and a TV in the living room with sound bar.

But for visitors it has no phone connection, with guests advised to travel 15 minutes to Kirkby Stephen to get a connection.

The cottage has not available to book during the coronavirus pandemic.

A notice at the top of the advert says: ‘We are not taking bookings until further notice and visits to Ravenseat are postponed until Spring.’

Mr and Mrs Owen also rent out a shepherd’s hut on their land, which is near the farmyard on their land.

The website says: ‘In a sheltered setting down by the river, it’s your chance to enjoy the stunning Swaledale countryside in traditional style.’

It adds: ‘On warm summer evenings, you can relax outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery, whiling away the evening with your toes in the river. If it’s wet, windy and wild, retreat inside the hut and relax, you’ll be toasty warm beside the wood-burning stove.’

But again there is no WIFI or internet access or phone signal in the area. And it is also off limits due to the pandemic. 

A local, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘She moved out months ago and ended up down the road in another house.

‘It’s no surprise really, when you have mixed families like that there’s bound to be a falling out. She’s got caught up in her career in the spotlight and got caught up in all the attention we think.

‘Every time I saw her on the television I thought who’s looking after all those kids and animals, I’m guessing it was Clive.

‘Some here think their life is all pretend for the camera. How can they plead poverty on the telly but go around in the clothes they do. The kids wear Joules wellies and you just don’t get that on a poor farmer’s income.

‘A lot of people who know farming know she can’t be out sorting the sheep with all the bangles and clothes she wears. It’s all for show.’

She added: ‘They’ve been apart for months. Most people around here know it’s been a few months but we don’t really know the details because we’re not interested.’

Another source close to the couple said: ‘There have been rumours around the Dale that all’s not been as good as it could be, but only Clive and Amanda know the real story.

‘Folk think well of them, most people up here have known Clive for years and years, he’s a popular and well respected man in the farming community and he has a lot of good friends.

‘If they’re having problems they won’t have to look far for support if it’s needed.’

It is thought Mrs Owen has moved into their holiday home The Firs, which is at the top of Upper Swaledale, in a valley and surrounded by five acres of meadows and pasture.

The six-bedroom cottage is accessed by a private road behind three gates and dates back to at least the seventeenth century.

It has a number of original features, including stone flagged floors, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and a traditional black Yorkshire range.

The couple rent Ravenseat Farm and its land from billionaire Robert Miller, who is the co-founder of DFS (Duty Free Shops) and is the father of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess Alexandra von Fürstenberg, and Pia Getty – the ‘it’ girls of the 1990s.

Working life went on as normal at Ravenseat farm today but Mrs Owen was nowhere to be seen.

Mr Owen remained at home while his wife continued her speaking tour to promote her new book 160 miles away in Worcester.

He was stony faced when asked about the bombshell claims his 21 year marriage to the former model was on the rocks.

He told a reporter: ‘I bid you good day my friend,’ shook hands and swiftly closed the farmhouse door. There was no sign of Mrs Owen at the farm although the couple’s children remained as industrious as ever.

Sidney, eight, was busy sitting in a JCB digger perched on top of a mountain of soil at the farm gate. Reuben, 17, roared through the farm on a tractor, which he drove down from the fell with a friend in the cab with him.

Mrs Owen was preparing for a show at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester this evening. The venue said the show would go on despite the claims the couple are fighting to save their marriage.

Former model Mrs Owen met her husband in 1996 – when he was already divorced with two children – after she arrived at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess.

Mr Owen recalled: ‘I do remember this six-foot-something woman knocked on the door. I was very taken with her. You couldn’t not be.’

She added: ‘It was a slow burn thing we kind of got to know each other. Made friends first then went out a little bit together.’

They live with their children Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clemmie, five, and Nancy, four. They also have 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies.

A family friend told the Sun yesterday: ‘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.’

The insider said Mr Owen wants his wife to stay for Christmas but added the decision was ‘very much in Amanda’s hands’.

Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, 47, pictured, has revealed she finds fame invasive, but admits she capitalises on it 

Amanda runs Ravenseat farm with her husband Clive. She says hundreds of curious fans come to visit in hopes of catching a glimpse of her or her children

Amanda said it is a vicious circle to write about your life, because you never run out of material  

In April, the sheepherder (pictured) blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of children who cannot look after themselves 

Mrs Owen grew up in a traditional three-bed house with her parents and one sibling in the large market town of Huddersfield.

The 6ft 2in blonde was encouraged to follow the same career path as her model mother, but she hated the clothes and make-up.

She said: ‘Actually then you end up doing knitting catalogues and things like. It was cardigans, floral, Prince Diana, 1980. No thank you.’

She left her comfortable town life to work on farms around the country, but it was when she knocked on the door of Ravenseat Farm that she found her calling.

Many of her children help out on the farm when they are not at school or travelling to and from as the journey takes one-and-a-half hours each way.

Amanda Owen’s new book The Yorkshire Shepherdess is due for launch tomorrow

Reports of a split first surfaced earlier this month, with their spokesman shooting down the claims.

But the former model was spotted at the couple’s rental property without her husband on Monday night.

The news comes the day before Mrs Owen’s new book on life in the Dales is released on Thursday, with it giving an in depth look into her family.

The book, called Celebrating The Seasons, gives an insight into the cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the couple faces.

She has been heavily promoting it ahead of the launch, with her latest appearance in the Sunday Times Magazine on the weekend.

Mrs Owen opened up in the interview about her experiences of being famous and said that she had found it ‘invasive’.

She told the Sunday Times Magazine she struggle with people asking for her picture when she was out and about.

She revealed hundreds of people come each day to her farm and use the cafe there – adding Our Yorkshire Farm is so popular because the farm is real.

She said: ‘Hundreds come past each day. Sometimes it can be more tiring smiling than shovelling s***. There is a time when I’d like to shut the door and say, ‘This is my life, this is my time.’ And that’s got quite difficult.’

She admitted Mr Owen and her capitalise on the visitors coming to their farm in order to run the cafe they have opened on site.

But she added she found it difficult that she now has people to answer to, and that people sometimes take her picture or record her while she is working on her farm.

‘Of course it’s invasive. People know where we live and they can arrive there — but that’s the unique selling point, that the farm is real,’ she said.

Mrs Owen, who wrote several books about life on the farm – the latest one, on seasonal living – said it is a ‘vicious circle,’ and she could not stop writing about it because the material is there.

She added her nine children, aged 20 to five, have not been affected by fame and have not receive any negative comment.

She said the show, books and the publicity surrounding a farm was all a way to finance her children’s future. She added she had never employed childcare, because it would have proved more stressful for her than convenient.

She added she benefited from a ‘waterfall effect’ where the eldest kids have taken care of the younger ones as they have grown up.

Mrs Owen has not been afraid of speaking her mind on social media in the past. Recently she slammed a troll who said her children ‘won’t cope in real world’ after an unconventional upbringing on the ‘quaint’ farm.

Speaking on Sophie Ellis Bextor’s podcast, she said: ‘They [my children] are getting really good life lessons they can translate and take to any other life wherever that should be – whether it’s in the countryside or in the city. 

‘Because people say [to me], ‘Oh they are not growing up in the real world, they’ll never be able to cope with real life.”

‘But they are actually learning lessons, that will set them up really well to be people who are hands-on and people who’ve got a degree of common sense and can do things.’

Mrs Owen went on to say one of her nine children even learned how to ride a bike without any help from the parents, noting it was an indication of their independence.

The Yorkshire shepherdess previously appeared on poet Simon Armitage’s BBC Radio 4 podcast, where she told how she will leave it up to her children to decide if they wish to become shepherds or farmers.

‘I don’t look that far ahead,’ she explained. ‘I say to the children they can be whatever they want to be and go wherever they want to go.

‘Of course they go through stages where they’re more enthusiastic about the countryside, as they get older into their teens, obviously they want to go away.

She said: ‘Raven when she went to York, she was heading to the bright lights, couldn’t wait to get to a place where her phone worked and she could order a takeaway without it being cold and stuck to the paper – it’s all brilliant.

‘But you know within a month or two I’m getting text messages asking how to make Yorkshire pudding tins out of bean cans and can you prove a loaf of bread on a radiator when you haven’t got on open fire. So it’s instilled into you the kind of life you lead in the countryside.’

In season four of her show, which premiered earlier this year, Amanda emotional as she revealed her eldest son Reuben has left the farm for a mechanic apprenticeship

Back in April, the writer blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of children who cannot look after themselves.

The sheepherder suggested youngsters had ‘no sense of independence’ or work ethic. ‘The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything,’ she told the Radio Times.

 ‘They don’t know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window. It’s our fault as parents.

‘If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?

‘I rebuff swaddling children, because I want to see them go on and do well and be themselves, whatever that is. I feel like it is their life and all I do is prepare them.

‘What we do on the farm, hopefully, is preparation for the big world. The lessons they get here will stand them in good stead.’

She added to the Daily Mail in 2018: ‘In order to make a big family work they all need to tow the line. It’s not about child labour – it’s about pulling together.’

With the nearest shop so far away – and the risk during winter they could be snowed in for weeks – the TV star buys food in bulk, and manages to feed her large family for just £130 a week.

Their water is free, channelled from the stream on the moor, and they heat the house and water with a roaring fire, which burns every day no matter what the weather.

Despite the seeming tranquil life on top of the hill, things have not always gone swimmingly for Mrs Owen as she had a tough upbringing.

She lost her father Maurice – a 6ft 9in ‘gentle giant’ – when she was just 17, later saying: ‘I maybe would have made more of the time that we have together if I’d known I was going to lose him at such a young age.’

Meanwhile just before Mrs Owen met her husband, his life had been turbulent following the split from his wife of 13 years Greta Watson, with whom he has two grown up children.

His eldest, 34-year-old Rosie, who works as a barmaid, said her relationship with her father broken down when he re-married.

Despite being a bridesmaid at their wedding, she said: ”Millions tune in to see this idyllic farm on the TV but they don’t know the heartache behind it.’

Rosie moved to Cumbria when she was nine with her mother and then 11-year-old brother.

Mr Owen’s daughter Rosie revealed last month she thinks her relationship with her father and stepmother Mrs Owen is ‘beyond repair’. Pictured: Rosie and Clive at her wedding in 2018

Rosie is photographed with her mother Greta Watson – Mr Owen’s first wife, on her wedding day

Rosie is pictured as a baby with her bearded father Mr Owen at the farm

Rosie, Mr Owen’s oldest daughter from his first marriage, grew up on Ravenseat (pictured) and is pictured here holding a lamb

Mr and Mrs Owen married in 2000, with Rosie saying: ‘On the eve of the wedding I started crying because I was worried about losing my dad.

‘It was awful. I used to feel really self-conscious, thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? What have I done? Am I saying and doing the right things?’

Rosie told how she tried to watch the show before but it made her burst into tears. She said: ‘It breaks my heart because it is like watching a past that I haven’t been in for years. It’s like a family that I’d love to belong to but I just don’t.’

Rosie, who has two daughters aged 16 and six and a son, 13, said she feels like she missed out on having a male role model in her life and added that her children call Mr Owen by his first name rather than granddad.

Mrs Owen is thought to have amassed £1million and Rosie, who works as a barmaid for minimum wage, is said to feel like she has been left out financially.

She married her husband, a factory worker, in 2018, with Mr Owen walking her down the aisle. He had to leave before the reception so did not give a speech, with the publication noting Mrs Owen was not invited.

Rosie said it sometimes pains her to see them being loving parents to their children, saying: ‘They are living this wonderful life with all this success and I’m here with scars that run deep.’

She praised her mother, who is now living in a care home after recently becoming ill, and said she overcompensated for Clive not being around.

Rosie said she would like to be involved in her father’s life again but does not think it will happen.

She also said she sometimes dreams about Mrs Owen and imagines them having a ‘normal relationship’ but does not think that could materialise either.

Mrs Owen’s representatives have been approached for comment.

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