The Chase’s ‘The Beast’ Mark Labbett has shared details on his new relationship after his romance with TV presenter girlfriend Hayley Palmer was revealed.
The quiz king, 57, has admitted he struggles with his time now he is in a new relationship, after wooing Hayley during a string of romantic dates.
Mark was recently asked if he has been able to enjoy any quizzes with his new girlfriend, however he admitted he hasn’t been able to find the time.
Mark told The Mirror: ‘I’m on the road so much, plus the little matter of a six-year-old boy that I co-parent, so I try to spend as much time as I can with him.
‘I’m going out to film in America next month, and I’m already planning what I’m doing in July and August with Katie to see what weeks work.’
New romance: The Chase’s ‘The Beast’ Mark Labbett has shared details on his new relationship after his romance with TV presenter girlfriend Hayley Palmer was revealed
Busy man! The quiz king, 57, has admitted he struggles with his time now he is in a new relationship, after wooing Hayley during a string of romantic dates
It comes after he shared another snap on a date with glam presenter Hayley as he took to Instagram on Sunday.
Mark and the presenter, 41, are thought to have gone public with their romance last week by enjoying a date on the beach in Portsmouth.
And amid the swirling speculation, Hayley took to her Story over the weekend to re-post a selfie from her beau’s account.
Donning coordinating black outfits, Hayley matched her red lipstick to the border of Mark’s bow-tie and handkerchief – much like Posh and Becks back in the day.
‘Nice day at work,’ he wrote while tagging her username on the social media platform.
Sources recently claimed the TV star wooed the GB News presenter on a string of dates after being ‘friends for some time.’
It’s thought that the pair went public with their romance this week by enjoying a date on the beach in Portsmouth.
It comes after Mark split from his wife Katie in 2020 following seven years of marriage, blaming lockdown, mental health and their vast age difference as the causes for the end of their relationship.
What a pair! It comes after he shared another snap on a date with glam presenter Hayley as he took to Instagram on Sunday
A source told The Sun: ‘They have been friends for some time and recently things developed into something more.
‘Mark and Hayley have kept things low key but this week they headed out on a day-date.
‘The beach was busy and there were lots of people around but they both felt comfortable with people seeing them as a couple, not just friends.’
MailOnline contacted representatives for Mark and Hayley at the time.
Hayley, who regularly appears on GB News, hosts shows including At Home With Hayley and Saturday Night With Hayley Palmer, and she met Mark through her television work.
New couple? The presenter, 41, and Mark are thought to have gone public with their romance last week by enjoying a date on the beach in Portsmouth
Over: It comes after Mark split from his wife Katie in 2020 following seven years of marriage (pictured in 2018)
In 2020, Mark revealed he and Katie had split after marrying in 2014, with the couple parents to a six-year-old son.
In a candid interview at the time, Mark admitted ‘it’s better for us to go our separate ways,’ after the pair’s attempts to have an open marriage failed.
He told The Sun: ‘There was never any deceit on Katie’s part but it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly.’
While Katie added: ‘I just want everyone to know what’s what and that we are all happy.’
It’s been revealed that Katie, who works as a nurse, has been seeing her senior design engineer lover Scott Bate, 30, for 18 months.
Mark admitted that he had a feeling that she was seeing Scott, but decided to approach things sensibly for the sake of their son.
But when lockdown came, things between him and Katie became strained and she started seeing Scott, resulting in Mark making the decision to end their marriage for good.
He explained: ‘When Katie first came clean to me about her boyfriend, I’d had an inkling. But right from the start, my attitude was quite pragmatic — this was spilt milk, what could we do about the situation to make it OK?’
He added that because they had a ‘family’ he simply could just ‘throw that away lightly’ as they had other ‘considerations’.
Mark and Katie tied the knot at Arundel Castle, West Sussex, in October 2014.
In September last year, Mark confirmed he was still with his wife, despite her admission four months earlier that she had cheated on him with a younger man.
During an appearance on Loose Women, the TV personality was asked about the status of his marriage, where he admitted they have been ‘through a rough patch.’
‘Like a lot of relationships, you go through a rough patch. We’re working our way through it,’ Mark told the Loose Women.
Back in May 2019, Mark’s wife Katie confirmed the couple had separated, just weeks after the pair profusely denied claims of trouble in paradise with their age gap love.
In a twist in their love story, Mark and Katie are cousins – something they realised about each other three years after they wed in 2014.