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Countdown’s Susie Dent ‘splits from husband after nearly 20 years together’


Susie Dent has reportedly split from her husband (Picture: Channel 4/Getty)

Countdown star Susie Dent has reportedly split from her husband of almost 20 years, Paul Atkins.

The 56-year-old had been married to the teacher for nearly two decades, but the two are said to have been living apart from each other for the past year.

However, it’s said there are no bitter feelings towards their breakup, and it’s alleged the pair are on amicable terms.

A source told The Sun: ‘It’s obviously a very sad situation, but Susie has handled everything socially. She has ploughed on professionally with all aspects of her working and is simply trying to make the most of a heartbreaking scenario.

‘Obviously, Susie and Paul did all they could to make things work, but decided in the end to part ways.’

Susie and Paul had previously lived in Oxford together, and they have two daughters, Lucy, 20, and Thea, 12.

The dictionary expert, who has appeared on Countdown since 1992, has kept her marriage largely out of the spotlight.

Susie shares two daughters with her husband (Picture: Getty Images)

Last year, she gave fans a rare insight into her family life with her children for The Times’ Day In The Life column.

When it came to spending time with her two girls, she explained: ‘I’m an early bird, up at 6. Morning is mum-time. Lucy, 20, and Thea, 12, and I have breakfast – oats, Brazil nuts and seeds, soaked in apple juice and yoghurt – then I walk to school with Thea. We have some of our best chats watching the gossamer float across the fields.

‘If I’m not filming, I spend a lot of time at home, living in my head.’

Susie has often kept her marriage out of the spotlight (Picture: Getty Images)

The star had also previously spoken about why she is a ‘private person’, especially when it comes to what she chooses to share on social media.

She told Female First: ‘It was a tricky decision for me to sign up to social media because I am a really private person and I don’t like to have too much attention, despite my job on TV.

‘I live my life, love what I do, and my Twitter account is very much about celebrating language and offering up words of the day.’

She added: ‘You get some criticism in there and it is not nice, but I love interacting with people about a topic I have a passion for.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Susie Dent for comment.

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