Amanda Owen insists the collapse of her marriage is ‘a reality she has to get on with’ while juggling the responsibility of farm management with parenthood.
The TV shepherd, a mother of nine whose day-to-day life is documented in popular reality show Our Yorkshire Farm, confirmed her separation from husband of 22-years Clive in June 2022.
The couple maintain an amicable relationship while managing their Ravenseat Farm in rural Swaledale, and Owen, 48, says their duties overshadow their estrangement.
Speaking out: Amanda Owen insists the collapse of her marriage is ‘a reality she has to get on with’ while juggling the responsibility of farm management with parenthood
Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of Lorraine, she said: ‘It’s not a big story. I feel like there are so many people in similar situations, and it’s the reality. We talk about reality television but that is the reality.
‘We all have to get on. You know, there’s a lot to do. There’s the land to manage, there’s the animals to manage, obviously childcare and everything else. So we have to get on with it.’
Owen also insisted she her responsibilities on the farm never prevent her from taking time for herself – even when she’s tending to the animals.
All over: The TV shepherd, a mother of nine whose day-to-day life is documented in popular reality show Our Yorkshire Farm, confirmed her separation from Clive in June 2022
Opening up: Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of Lorraine, Owen said their duties on the farm overshadow their estrangement
She said: ‘I am content but you do have to take a little bit of time for yourself. Every morning, even if I’m feeding the sheep, a little bit of mascara on. It makes you feel good about yourself.’
The shepherd recently visited the Shetland Islands, where she visited a group of farmers for new show Amanda Owen’s Extraordinary Farming Lives – her first TV venture since confirming her separation.
But she admits being away from her nine children doesn’t prevent her from managing their day to day activities.
Self care: Owen also insisted she her responsibilities on the farm never prevent her from taking time for herself – even when she’s tending to the animals
‘You’re always mindful of what’s going on at home, so you’re micromanaging,’ she explained. Even this morning I’ve been getting messages. Someone needs new tights, someone’s forgotten they had swimming lessons, one child is ill.
‘It all carries on. You take it with you, don’t you?’
Owen made her first TV appearance alongside Clive, 68, in 2011 on ITV’s The Dales, before they landed their own Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm in 2018.
Family: The former couple have nine children together; Raven, Reuben, Miles, Edith, Violet, Sidney, Annas, Clemmie, and Nancy
Over: They shared a joint statement on social media confirming they had split in June
She met her husband in 1995 when he was already divorced with two children, after she arrived at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess.
The public were quick to fall for the couple and their unusual love story, dubbing them the ‘Kardashians of the Countryside’ with their hit show Our Yorkshire Farm.
The shepherdess began making solo appearances on a variety of TV shows, becoming a regular guest on programmes such as Lorraine and This Morning to offer comment on parenting and life on the farm.
And in November last year, neighbours told MailOnline she and Clive had been living apart for months after she ‘got caught up in the spotlight’ of her Channel 5 programme.
Owen moved into their rental property down the road from Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, where Clive has been staying in the farmhouse, villagers said.
Last month, his new show Beyond The Yorkshire Farm: Reuben and Clive premiered and saw him launch a digging business with his son.