Hollyoaks James Sutton confirms split from wife after five years of marriage

James Sutton has confirmed he has split from his wife, Rachael Collin, after five years of marriage.

The Hollyoaks star, 40, best known for playing the iconic role of John Paul McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, first met his wife at Glastonbury Festival eight years ago and the pair returned three years later to tie the knot.

But now, the couple have called time on their relationship with James describing their split as "very sad but amicable".

James confirmed the end of their relationship to the Mirror and said: "Rachael and I had a wonderful relationship and marriage. It was very sad but amicable, and we remain friends."

A source added: "James and Rachael have enjoyed a really happy marriage but, as many couples can relate to, their relationship became strained during lockdown.

"James is in the public eye, whereas Rachael prefers to be out of the spotlight and, after eight fantastic years together, they decided they were better off as friends."

OK! has contacted James' representatives for comment.

The couple first met while at Glastonbury Festival and reportedly hit things off after James helped Rachael set up her camping area.

"I was watching this girl pumping up an air bed with a foot pump for about half an hour and I thought, 'I’ve got an ­electric pump in my bag, I could be a hero here'," he previously told the Sunday Mirror. "So I went over and said, 'Excuse me, do you want to borrow my pump?'".

When they first started dating, Rachael was a postgraduate student and transferred courses to be in Liverpool alongside her beau. Three years later in 2018 they returned to Glastonbury and tied the knot during a magical ceremony.

Sharing a glimpse of their big day, a previous Instagram post that has now been deleted read: "#CloudyWithAChanceOfSuttons”, hinting that the Great British weather wasn’t on their side.

The pair kept their relationship relatively private and not much is known about their time together. However, in 2017 James and Rachael completed the Valencia Marathon where they raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust and in 2019 they attended LIMFestival together.

Prior to his relationship with Rachael, James was engaged to model Kit Williams though the pair split in 2017 after being engaged for two years.

Since joining the cast of Hollyoaks back in 2006, James has become known for his role as John Paul McQueen. Despite leaving the soap to star in Emmerdale in 2009, he returned to Hollyoaks in 2012 where he has remained ever since.

During his time on the Channel 4 show, the actor has been at the centre of some important storylines, including male rape and a recent storyline regarding homophobia.

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