Michael Le Vell splits from wife
- Bang Showbiz
- 15 October 2011
'Coronation Street' star Michael Le Vell and his wife Janette Beverley reportedly split up a few months before he was accused of sexual assault
Michael Le Vell and his wife have split up.
The 46-year-old actor took a break from 'Coronation Street' earlier this month after a teenage girl accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was six and it has now been revealed tat he and spouse Janette Beverley, who he has been married to for 25 years had broken up a few months ago.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "It's very sad, but they are estranged and have been for a while. This police investigation comes on top of everything else. It's been the worst time of Michael's life.
It's been a terribly stressful time for both of them.
"Michael has always been brilliant as a husband and dad and has never courted the celebrity lifestyle.
"The fact that his marriage is on the rocks has come as a complete shock.
"Right now his mind is all over the place. He has co-operated fully with the police and will continue to do so until his innocence is proved.
"It's been the worst time of his life - but everything is out of his hands at the moment."
Michael - who "strenuously denies" the abuse allegations - was given a seven-day extension to his holiday from 'Coronation Street' to deal with the allegations, but is due to resume filming next week.
He is believed to have the full backing of cast and crew on the show, with one source saying: "Nobody has any doubts about Michael's innocence.
"He is well liked and trusted by everybody, these allegations will do absolutely nothing to dent his reputation."