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Jason Manford says his first marriage ‘disintegrated’ because he didn’t give it enough ‘care & time’

He separated from his first wife Catherine in 2012.

And on Friday, Jason Manford poignantly acknowledged that their relationship ‘disintegrated’ because he didn’t give it enough ‘care and time’.

The comedian, 40, who is now happily married to producer Lucy Dyke, admitted his union with Catherine didn’t get the attention it deserved because he was too focused on work and providing for his children. 

‘It deserved more’: On Friday, Jason Manford poignantly acknowledged that his first marriage to Catherine ‘disintegrated’ because he didn’t give it enough ‘care and time’

He said to the Mirror: ‘My first marriage really disintegrated on my theory of, “I don’t want my children to have the childhood I had”.

‘So I was out working all of the time and I didn’t put the care and time into that relationship that it deserved and needed.’

Jason – who was raised in a council house in relative poverty – continued: ‘It’s only now I’m starting to realise, “Oh, I’m not giving the children the childhood I had”, which is good in one thing but bad in another. 

‘Because I got to spend so much time [with my parents] and we had laughs with my parents.’

Candid: The comedian, 40, who is now married to producer Lucy Dyke, admitted his union with Catherine (pictured) didn't get the attention it deserved because he was too focused on work

Candid: The comedian, 40, who is now married to producer Lucy Dyke, admitted his union with Catherine (pictured) didn’t get the attention it deserved because he was too focused on work

Jason is the parent to six children. He shares twin daughters and a daughter and son with Catherine and a girl and boy, with current wife Lucy.

The comic also said he would like to try meditation to cope with negative feelings regarding his divorce, childhood, and arguments with others. 

However, he admitted there is some ‘resistance’ in his mind which he hasn’t fully comprehended, so his default is to get back to work and ‘keep busy’.  

Reflecting: He said: 'My first marriage really disintegrated... So I was out working all of the time and I didn¿t put the care and time into that relationship that it deserved and needed'

Reflecting: He said: ‘My first marriage really disintegrated… So I was out working all of the time and I didn’t put the care and time into that relationship that it deserved and needed’

Home is where the heart is: Jason is the parent to six children, he shares twin daughters and a daughter and son with Catherine and a girl and boy, with current wife Lucy

Home is where the heart is: Jason is the parent to six children, he shares twin daughters and a daughter and son with Catherine and a girl and boy, with current wife Lucy

According to Jason, his wife Lucy, whom he married in 2017, keeps him on track as he joked that she has been ‘training him up’ to become the ideal husband.

He quipped that she ‘can’t be bothered’ to break up with him because she doesn’t want to invest in ‘training’ someone else. 

Last month, Jason shared the final message he sent to friend Sean Lock before his heartbreaking death. 

It was revealed in August that the much-loved 8 Out Of 10 Cats star died of cancer aged 58 surrounded by his family at home.

Stuck for life: According to Jason, his wife Lucy (left in 2018), whom he married in 2017, keeps him on track as he joked that she has been 'training him up' to become the ideal husband

Stuck for life: According to Jason, his wife Lucy (left in 2018), whom he married in 2017, keeps him on track as he joked that she has been ‘training him up’ to become the ideal husband

And taking to Twitter shortly after the sad news, Jason shared the touching text he sent his pal a few weeks ago as he urged people to check in on their friends and loves ones.

Alongside a screenshot of his text, Jason, who was a team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats with Sean for six seasons, said: ‘I texted him couple of weeks ago and I’m now so glad I did.’

He continued: ‘If you’ve a friend who’ve you not spoken to for a while, drop them a message and check in. It could be the last time. RIP Sean.’

Hi touching message read: ‘Hi Sean, hope you and your family are doing okay.

'It could be the last time': Last month, the comic shared the final message he sent to friend Sean Lock before his heartbreaking death

‘It could be the last time’: Last month, the comic shared the final message he sent to friend Sean Lock before his heartbreaking death

So sad: It was revealed in August that the much-loved 8 Out Of 10 Cats star died of cancer aged 58 surrounded by his family at home

So sad: It was revealed in August that the much-loved 8 Out Of 10 Cats star died of cancer aged 58 surrounded by his family at home 

‘Did Countdown last week and missed having you there. I often think back to my days on Cats with you & how much I appreciated working with you, the buzz I’d get on the rare occasion something I said would make you laugh! 

‘Anyway, just wanted to check in and wish you and your family all the best. Lots of love and hopefully see you soon.’ [sic]

The comedian also praised Sean as a ‘comedy legend’ as he responded to a fan who recently listened to a podcast with the two of them. 

Jason replied: ‘He was a fantastic comedian and an even better bloke. Starting my first tour warm up tonight and it’s gonna be incredibly hard not to be thinking of him the whole time. A comedy legend, a brilliant husband, father & friend.’ 

Tragedy: Taking to Twitter shortly after the sad news, Jason shared the touching text he sent his pal a few weeks ago as he urged people to check in on their friends and loves ones

Tragedy: Taking to Twitter shortly after the sad news, Jason shared the touching text he sent his pal a few weeks ago as he urged people to check in on their friends and loves ones


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