Clive Owen and Amanda from Our Yorkshire Farm have been ‘living apart’ for months after Clive Owen was ‘in the spotlight’ on Channel 5’s show, locals claim.
Mrs Owen moved into their rental property down the road from Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, where Mr Owen stayed in the farmhouse, villagers said.
The couple, known as the ‘Kardashians of the Countryside’, are said to be ‘battling to save their marriage’ after more than 21 years.
Mr Owen was previously married to another woman for 13 year and is now ‘desperate’ to fix their relationship. He ‘fears’ that their marriage will end.
Although it was believed they had just split up, their neighbors claim that it was common knowledge from months ago.
Mr and Mrs Owen became adored television stars through the Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm from 2018 after first appearing on ITV series The Dales in 2011.
The programme follows them and their nine children around the 2,000-acre Ravenseat Farm as they battle the harsh elements to tackle rural duties.
However, the harsh lifestyle depicted in the series seems to have taken its toll. The couple’s supposed fallout became ‘the talk’ of the village.
Clive Owen (L), and Amanda (R), from Our Yorkshire Farm are reportedly ‘fighting to save their marriage’ after more 21 years of being together
A source said that Clive wanted the family to “stay together for Christmas” but that Amanda is in control of the decision. (Pictured
Amanda, 47, lives on Ravenseat Farm, Yorkshire with her husband Clive Owen (67). Pictured from left: Annas, seven; Edith, 10, Violet, 12, Raven, 20; Amanda with Nancy, four; Clive with Clemmie five and Reuben 17, Miles 14, and Sidney eight
66-year-old Clive (L) is said to be ‘desperate’ to repair their relationship and ‘fears’ their marriage will result in divorce
MailOnline was told by a local, who asked not be identified: “She moved out months back and ended up down the street in another house.
“It’s not surprising really, when you have mixed family like that there’s bound be a falling out. She got too caught up in her career and all the attention she receives.
“Every time I saw her on television, I thought who was looking after all those animals and children. I guess it was Clive.
“Some here think their lives are all a lie for the camera. How can they complain about poverty and go about their lives in the clothes that they do? Joules wellies are what the kids wear, and it’s not possible to get that income from a poor farmer.
“A lot of people who have worked in agriculture know that she can’t be out sorting sheep with all her bangles and clothes. It’s all for show.
She continued, “They’ve separated for months.” Most people here know it’s been several months, but we don’t know the details because they aren’t interested.
Another source close by the couple stated: ‘There have also been rumours about the Dale that things are not as great as they could be. But only Clive, Amanda, knows the truth.
Clive is respected by the people of this area and is well-known. He’s well known and respected in the farming community. He has many good friends.
“If they have problems, they won’t have to look far to get help if needed.”
Mrs Owen is believed to have moved into their holiday home The Firs at the top of Upper Swaledale in a valley, surrounded by five acres meadows and pasture.
The six-bedroom cottage is accessed by a private road behind three gates and dates back to at least the seventeenth century.
It boasts a variety of original features including stone flagged floors and beamed ceilings.
The couple rent Ravenseat Farm and its land from billionaire Robert Miller, who is the co-founder of DFS (Duty Free Shops) and is the father of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess Alexandra von Fürstenberg, and Pia Getty – the ‘it’ girls of the 1990s.
Ravenseat farm continued to operate as usual today, but Mrs Owen was absent.
Mr Owen remained at home while his wife continued her speaking tour to promote her new book 160 miles away in Worcester.
When asked about his bombshell claims that his 21-year marriage to the former model was on rocks, he was stony-faced.
He said to a reporter, “I bid you good morning my friend,” and then he quickly closed the farmhouse door. Although Mrs Owen was absent from the farm, their children were just as hardworking as ever. Sidney, eighteen, was busy sat in a JCB digger, perched on top a mountain soil at the farm gate.
Reuben, 17 years old, roared through the farmyard riding a caterpillar-tractor, which he drove down from The Fall with a friend in the taxi.
Mrs Owen was getting ready for a show at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, this evening. The venue assured that the show would go ahead despite the claims of the couple who are trying to save marriage.
Former model Mrs Owen met her husband when he was already divorcing with two children. She arrived on his farm as a 21 year-old trainee shepherdess.
Mr Owen recalled that the woman, six-footed and about six-foot tall, knocked on his door. I was very attracted to her. It was impossible not to be.
She said that it was a gradual process where they got to know one another. The two of them became friends and then went out together a little.
They live with their children Raven (20), Reuben (17), Miles (15), Edith (12), Violet (10), Sidney (9), Annas (7), Clemmie (5), and Nancy (4). They also have 1,000 sheep and 40 cows, six dogs, and four ponies.
A family friend told the Sun: ‘It’s incredibly sad. Clive and Amanda are two very popular figures in the Dales. No one could have predicted this.
‘Clive loves Amanda so much and adores Amanda. However, he fears that their marriage may be in danger. He fears that they will split.
“He thinks that the image of them in happy families is a bunch rubbish. He believes this will be their last series together. Now it’s all about taking care of the kids and putting them in the forefront.
According to an insider, Owen wanted his wife to be there for Christmas. However, he said that Amanda was in control of the decision.
Amanda Owen, 47-year-old Yorkshire Shepherdess, has admitted that she finds fame intrusive, but that she also enjoys the opportunity to make a profit from it
Amanda and her husband Clive run Ravenseat farm. She estimates that hundreds of curious fans visit Ravenseat farm in the hopes of seeing her or her children.
Amanda said it was a vicious circle to write about one’s life because there is always more material.
The sheepherder (pictured) blamed his parents for today’s snowflake’ generation, which is comprised of children who are unable to look after themselves.
Mrs Owen was raised in a traditional three-bed home with her parents and one sibling in Huddersfield’s large market town.
The blonde, 6ft 2in tall, was encouraged to follow the same career path her mother, but she didn’t like the clothes or make-up.
She said: ‘Actually then you end up doing knitting catalogues and things like. It was cardigans, floral and Prince Diana 1980. No thanks.
She left her life in the suburbs to work on farms all over the country. However, it was Ravenseat Farm where she realized her true calling.
Many of her children help out at the farm when she is not at school.
Tomorrow will see the launch of Amanda Owen’s new book, The Yorkshire Shepherdess.
Their spokesperson denied reports of a split. However, the ex-model was seen at the couple’s rental property on Monday night without her husband.
The news comes just one day before Mrs Owen’s new book on Life in the Dales will be released on Thursday. It gives an in-depth look at her family.
Celebrating the Seasons is a book that gives insight into the seasons and the constant challenges faced by a couple in farming.
She has been actively promoting the launch ahead of it, with her most recent appearance in Sunday Times Magazine on Saturday.
Mrs Owen talked about her experiences being famous in an interview and stated that it was ‘invasive’.
She told the Sunday Times Magazine she struggle with people asking for her picture when she was out and about.
She revealed that hundreds of people visit her farm every day to use the cafe.
She said, “Hundreds pass each day.” Sometimes it can be more tiring smiling than shovelling s***. There is a time when I’d like to shut the door and say, ‘This is my life, this is my time.’ That’s quite difficult.
She allowed Mr Owen to visit their farm and helped them to run the cafe.
She said that it was difficult for her to answer people and that people sometimes take pictures or record her while she works on her farm.
“Of course it is invasive.” People know where we live and they can arrive there — but that’s the unique selling point, that the farm is real,’ she said.
Mrs Owen, who has written several books about life at the farm, the most recent one being on seasonal living, said that it is a vicious circle’ and she couldn’t stop writing because the material was there.
She also stated that her nine children, ranging in age from 20 to 5, have not been affected or received any negative comments.
She explained that the books, television and publicity surrounding a farm were all she needed to help her children’s future. She said she never hired childcare because it would have been more stressful than convenient.
She said she has benefited from the “waterfall effect”, where the eldest children have taken care of the younger kids as they grew up.
Mrs Owen has not been afraid of speaking her mind on social media in the past. Recently she slammed a troll who said her children ‘won’t cope in real world’ after an unconventional upbringing on the ‘quaint’ farm.
Talking on Sophie Ellis Bextor’s podcast: “They [my children]are learning life lessons that they can apply to any other life, whether it be in the countryside or the city.
“Because people have different opinions [to me]They say, “Oh they’re not growing up in the real-world, they’ll never learn to live with real life.”
“But they are actually absorbing lessons that will prepare them to be hands-on, people who have a sense of common sense and can do anything.”
Mrs Owen stated that one of her nine kids learned how to ride bikes without any assistance from her parents. She noted that it was a sign of their independence.
The Yorkshire shepherdess previously appeared on poet Simon Armitage’s BBC Radio 4 podcast, where she told how she will leave it up to her children to decide if they wish to become shepherds or farmers.
She said, “I don’t look so far ahead.” “I tell the children that they can be anything they want and go wherever they want,” she said.
“Of course they go though stages where they are more passionate about the countryside, but as they grow older and enter their teens, it becomes clear that they want to leave.
She said: ‘Raven when she went to York, she was heading to the bright lights, couldn’t wait to get to a place where her phone worked and she could order a takeaway without it being cold and stuck to the paper – it’s all brilliant.
“But you know that within a few months I’m receiving text messages asking me how to make Yorkshire pudding cans from bean cans and how to prove bread on a radiator, when you don’t have an open fire. It’s instilled in you the lifestyle you want to live in the countryside.
Season four of Amanda’s show, which aired earlier this year was emotional for Amanda as she revealed that Reuben, her oldest son, has left the farm to become a mechanic apprentice.
Back in April, the writer blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of children who cannot look after themselves.
The sheepherder suggested youngsters had ‘no sense of independence’ or work ethic. She said that the snowflake generation is incapable of doing anything to help the Radio Times.
They don’t know how to take care of themselves or what a work ethic is. It’s our fault.
“If you place your child on an unrestrained pedestal and expect them to entertain you all the time, what are you expecting?
“I don’t like children being swaddled. I want them all to succeed and be their best selves. It is their life, and all I do to prepare them is make it so.
“What we do at the farm, hopefully is preparation for life in the big world.” They will benefit from the lessons they learn here.
She stated to the Daily Mail in 2018 that “To make a big family work, they all have to tow the line.” It’s not about child labor – it’s about pulling in the whole family.
With the nearest shop so far away – and the risk during winter they could be snowed in for weeks – the TV star buys food in bulk, and manages to feed her large family for just £130 a week.
Their water is provided by the stream that flows from the moor. They heat their house and water with a roaring fireplace, which burns regardless of the weather.
Despite living a peaceful life at the top, Mrs Owen was not always happy. She had a hard upbringing.
She lost her father Maurice (6ft 9in ‘gentlegian’) when she was only 17. She later stated that she might have made more of the time together if she had known that she would lose him so young.
Meanwhile just before Mrs Owen met her husband, his life had been turbulent following the split from his wife of 13 years Greta Watson, with whom he has two grown up children.
Rosie, his eldest daughter, is 34 years old and works as a barmaid.
Despite being a bridesmaid at their marriage, she said that while millions tune in to watch this idyllic farm on TV, what they don’t know is the heartache behind it.
Rosie moved to Cumbria in her nine-year-old year with her mother, and her brother, who was then eleven years old.
Rosie Owen’s daughter Rosie, the daughter of Mr Owen, revealed last month that she believes her relationship is ‘beyond repairs’ with her father and stepmother Mrs Owen. Pictured: Rosie and Clive during Rosie’s 2018 wedding
Rosie is photographed alongside her mother Greta Watson, Mr Owen’s first spouse, on her wedding day
Rosie is pictured at the farm as a newborn with her bearded father, Mr Owen
Rosie, Owen’s oldest child from his first marriage, was raised on Ravenseat (pictured). She is shown here holding a lamb.
Rosie said that Mr. and Mrs Owen were married in 2000. Rosie added: “On the eve, I started crying because of my fears about losing my father.
“It was horrible. I used feel very self-conscious, thinking, “What’s wrong?” What have I done wrong? Are I saying the right thing?
Rosie explained how she tried to see the show before, but it made Rosie cry. She said: ‘It breaks my heart because it is like watching a past that I haven’t been in for years. It’s almost like a family to which I would love to belong, but I don’t.
Rosie, who has two girls, aged 16 and 6 and a boy, 13, feels she missed out on a male role model in life. She said that her children prefer to call Owen by his first name, rather than granddad.
Mrs Owen is thought to have amassed £1million and Rosie, who works as a barmaid for minimum wage, is said to feel like she has been left out financially.
She married Owen, a factory worker, in 2018. Mr Owen walked her down to the aisle. He had to leave prior to the reception so he did not give any speeches. The publication also noted that Mrs Owen wasn’t invited.
Rosie stated that sometimes it hurts her to watch them being loving parents to their children. She said, “They are living a wonderful lifestyle with all this success and yet I’m here with scars deep.”
She praised her mother who, after becoming ill, is now in a care home and said that she had overcompensated for Clive’s absence.
Rosie stated that she would love to be involved in her father’s life again, but does not believe it will happen.
She also stated that she dreams about Mrs Owen sometimes and imagines them in a “normal relationship”, but does not believe that it could happen.
Representatives of Mrs Owen were contacted for comment.