29/11/2013 02:42 GMT | Updated 29/11/2013 03:31 GMT

'Countdown' And 'Strictly' Star Rachel Riley 'Splits From Husband Jamie Gilbert After 16 Months Of Marriage'

'Countdown' star Rachel Riley and her husband Jamie Gilbert have split just 16 months after getting hitched, according to reports.

The 27-year-old, who appeared on this year's series of 'Strictly Come Dancing', has reportedly left her husband 'shocked and stunned' by her decision to end their marriage.

Rachel Riley

"He has no idea where this has come from," a friend told The Sun.

"Rachel just told him they had grown apart."

Insiders have insisted no one else is involved, and that the split is down to the couple spending too much time apart.

"They are separated," the source continued. "Rachel is away filming much of the time.

"Jamie's stuff is still at the house so he hasn’t ­technically moved out."

Rachel – who was partnered with Pasha Kovalev on 'Strictly' until she was voted off earlier this month – met her husband at Oxford ­University in 2005 and married him in August last year.

Earlier this month, the maths boffin admitted she needed to 'create a new character' for some of the sexier dances on 'Strictly'.

"I need to take myself out of Rachel and create a whole new character for the night," she said.


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