Mrs Brown’s Boys star Fiona O’Carroll has announced her split from husband and co-star Martin Delany after 15 years of marriage.
Fiona is Mrs Brown’s on screen daughter-in-law Maria and the real-life daughter of show creator Brendan O’Carroll, who plays the titular character. Martin plays Mrs Brown’s son Trevor.
The 41-year-old actress, who plays Maria Brown in the popular sitcom, told RTE that the couple “wanted different things”.
It is thought the decision was mutual, and the pair remain to have “a lot of love” for each other.
Fiona said: “Myself and Martin met very young. I was 16, and I suppose he’s all I’ve ever known and we just kind of grew apart.
“We wanted different things. I still have a lot of love for him and I only want the best for him and I think he feels the same way about me.
“I think I hung on for as long as I did because when my own parents broke up, that was very public, and there was a lot of hurt involved there.”
The couple married in 2006, going on to have four children – sons Felix, Isaac, Eli and Dexter.
Martin, who plays Mrs. Brown’s youngest son Trevor in the BBC show, now lives in Portugal but is understood to co-parent the children and stay at the family home whenever he is in his native Ireland.
Mrs Brown’s Boys will return to BBC One this Christmas with episodes also available to catch up with via the BBC iPlayer.
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