Johnny Vegas and wife, Maia Dunphy split after seven years of marriage. The couple announced their split in a statement which they released on their respective Twitter accounts. Johnny and Maia have one son, two-year-old Tom, together, whilst the comedian also has an older son Michael from a previous relationship.
The couple revealed that they had split some time ago and it was now that they decided to open up about their split. “It is with a heavy heart that we want to let you know that we separated some time ago last year,” the statement read.
“We are telling people now because speculation is unhelpful at best, and dangerous at worst. As we think is obvious, we continue to fully support each other; there is no acrimony, no story and no one else involved.”
The couple requested the media and the people to give them privacy as it was a private affair. “We have never played out our relationship publicly, so we don’t feel it’s too much to ask for privacy now. We also ask people to be mindful that there are two children involved, and their welfare is our main concern now. Thank you. X” the statement further noted.
Earlier this year, while appearing on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, Maia had admitted that the couple focused on raising their son together and he was their top priority. However, she added that living in two separate countries hadn’t been easy for them or their relationship.
“We speak every day and we FaceTime every second day because it’s really important for Tom. He sees pictures of him all over the fridge and by the bed and he adores him,” she said at that time. “In fairness, it’s also really hard on Johnny because he is missing out on a lot of time with his son. He could say ‘what the hell are you doing in Dublin? London is our home now you should be back here’ but we let each other do our thing.”
At the same time, Johnny also credited his older son, Michael for turning his life around.”When you have a child, it’s suddenly that feeling of, “I need to be around now and I want to be around,” he said while appearing on Loose Women. “It’s not about you and in a great way that pulls you back from the abyss.”