The Chase star Mark Labett ‘criticizes’ ex-lover after shock split over age difference

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Mark Lovett and ex-husband Hailey Palmer hug on the beach

Mark Lovett and Hayley Palmer in happier times (Photo: Instagram @hayleypalmer_presenter)

Chase star Mark Lovett appeared to take a subtle dig at ex-girlfriend Hayley Palmer, just weeks after their shock split.

Lovett, 58, who is also known as “The Beast” on the popular quiz show, shared photos to his X account of himself dining at the same restaurant where he and Palmer, 42, are thought to have once frequented, as well as a photo of the same table.

The star was all smiles as he indulged in soup and bread at Seasons in Rotherham, declaring the summer to be full of “protein and pain”, just weeks after it was announced that he was splitting with the Sky Entertainment presenter.

“Summer of protein and pain. Gym [tick] nutrition [tick]”I’m happy to be the Beast,” he said.

The Chase star and Palmer dated for a year before splitting, and frequently shared photos of them enjoying meals together at restaurants.

Palmer announced their split in an Instagram Story in May, writing to her 38,200 followers: “I’m sad to say that Mark and I have decided to go our separate ways.”

“We’ve had the best year together and I wish him all the best going forward,” she added. “I’m going to go listen to Taylor Swift.”

The news came as a shock, as the couple had shown no signs of breaking up – Lovett had even said in an interview shortly before the announcement that they planned to spend their one-year anniversary on the beach, where they first went public with their relationship.

He said Sun“We found a bench in a quiet spot along the beach and spent hours talking and getting to know each other, so we decided to go back again to celebrate our anniversary.”

The former couple’s relationship was first reported in October 2022 (Photo: Instagram @hayleypalmer_presenter)
The former couple’s breakup was reportedly due to their 16-year age difference. (Photo: Instagram @hayleypalmer_presenter)

The former couple initially appeared to have split amicably and have since unfollowed each other on Instagram, but they have both posted photos of themselves together back when they were still happier to their own accounts.

This is according to a source got it!, He claimed the former couple split because of their 16-year age difference.

“Marc had a lot of fun with Hailey and respected her a lot, but they wanted different things. She loved to dress up and go to parties and showbiz events, while he preferred to stay at home,” the source said.

“Mark felt the age difference was too big for long-term success. They remain good friends. Away from his TV and film work, Mark enjoys a quiet life and time with his son. He still hopes that one day he will meet someone to settle down with.”

Mark Lovett smiles while dining at a restaurant

Mark isn’t planning on stopping going to his favorite restaurants just because of the breakup. (Photo: Instagram @hayleypalmer_presenter)
Mark is a much-loved Chaser on the hit ITV show (Photo: ITV/Shutterstock)

The pair first met at the National Television Awards in the UK in October 2022 and began dating in May last year, but this was not reported until Palmer joined Lovett in Los Angeles, where Lovett films the US version of The Chase in addition to Master Minds.

The former couple were in a long-distance relationship throughout their relationship, with Mr Lovett living in Rotherham and Mr Palmer living in Chelsea.

The TV star was previously married to Katie Lovett.

“The Chase” airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.

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