Amanda Owen admits ‘life is never easy’ amid Clive marriage split

Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen has opened up about her family life amid her split from husband Clive, ahead of her upcoming solo series Farming Lives.

Amanda, 48, and Clive, 67, announced their shock split in June last year, after 22 years of marriage. The couple share nine children.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Amanda discussed filming her new show, which sees her visit other farms, and how filming this meant she was away from her children for a period of time.

Asked if the children, who are aged from 21 to five, coped with her absence, Amanda said: "Oh, yes. Years of training means they’re fine", adding that there's always something to be done on their farm, or in the home.

Opening up about her family Amanda says that it's "never easy" with nine children, telling the publication: "It’s never easy, it’s different challenges. But I must admit I do like being a part of their journey as they grow up and seeing them develop.

"Raven is away at university doing a Masters now, Reuben’s working independently and loving it, Miles has left school and is working at home. It brings in new people and keeps you on your toes. I hope it keeps me young."

Clive and Owen announced their split in a joint statement to social media last year, which read: "Clive and I have are sad to confirm that we have made the difficult decision to separate.

"This hasn't been easy, but we both believe it's the right choice for the future of our family."

"Although we are no longer a couple, we continue to work on the farm and co-parent together with our number one priority the happiness and well-being of our children."

In November it was announced that Our Yorkshire Farm had been cancelled by Channel 5 as they announced a spin off, which will focus on Clive and his eldest son Reuben.

The new programme is named Beyond The Yorkshire Farm: Reuben & Clive, and it will see the pair travelling beyond their farm as they embark on a new digging venture together.

Amanda has previously opened up on how "tough" the split has been, and explained to Christine Lampard on ITV show Lorraine: “It’s really tough, and it’s a really difficult aspect of it to get across – but when you do reality [TV], it has to be just that.”

She went on: “It covers the ups and downs and that could be on any level so, you know, life carries on. On the farm there’s a whole raff of things to do, nine children, a whole heap of animals; we’re just working away the same as before.

“At the end of the day, our priority remains, of course, to keep everything going.”

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