The TV chef is going through a break-up

Ainsley Harriott has announced that he’s to divorce his wife Clare after 23 years of marriage.

The former Ready Steady Cook host, 55, is believed to have broken up with designer Clare after a series of crisis talks.

‘Following media speculation, Ainsley and Clare confirm that they are currently living apart,’ a spokesman tells the Daily Mirror.

‘Their separation is completely amicable and, as yet, they have no definite plans for the future.

‘They remain close and together with their family, they ask that their privacy be respected.’

The couple met in a clothes shop and are parents to son Jimmy, 20, and daughter Maddie, 17.

Ainsley had previously described how he fell in love with Clare at first sight but their marriage is thought to have been rocked by reports in 2004 that he was having an affair.

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Anna Duff