With Mark Wright’s star on the rise in America and yet another long stint apart, what does the future hold for Michelle Keegan and her husband?

When they tied the knot in a fairy-tale ceremony in May 2015, Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright were surely looking forward to spending valuable time together. But two years later, the couple are facing a dramatically different reality.
Earlier this month, Mark, 30, headed off to LA for what’s expected to be a year,  after landing a job fronting US entertainment show Extra. Meanwhile, Michelle is in Malaysia filming the third series of acclaimed BBC show Our Girl – unable to even wave goodbye to her husband when he left on 3 September.
 The couple, who have spent the past two years fending off rumours that they are leading separate lives, are believed to have already spent the past month apart thanks to their work schedules, only briefly reuniting in Essex and Mallorca in August.
 But the long distance isn’t the only thing Michelle and the former reality star will have to compete with in the coming months.
 Ever since Michelle left Coronation Street in 2014, she was tipped for big things – with lots of rumours circulating that she would be the first of the power couple to break the States. While that’s not yet happened, Mark has become a huge US star after impressing TV bosses earlier this year during an interview with pop diva Mariah Carey.
Promo clips for Extra even described him as a ‘globe-trotting international DJ’, ‘soccer hero’ and ‘one of the UK’s biggest stars’.
 Michelle has been quick to praise her hubby on his new job – posting a photo of Mark on his first day filming Extra, wishing him luck and saying she was proud of him.
 Mark is putting on a similarly brave face. One week after his big move, Mark posted an emotional message on Instagram. He wrote: ‘Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow. At any moment the decision you make can change the course of your life forever. Yes, making a big life change can be scary, but you know what’s even scarier? REGRET.’
 But despite their united front, it seems Mark and Michelle have a while to wait until they’re together again – with reports suggesting it could be a further two months. Michelle is rumoured to have ‘cleared her diary for December’ after working solidly for a year, so she can visit Mark in his new home and enjoy a much-needed reunion.
So while they count down the days until they see each other again, let’s hope absence does make the heart grow fonder.