Is Mark’s new life putting his mar­riage un­der strain?

● Mark Wright sparks con­cern af­ter shar­ing a bleary-eyed video on so­cial me­dia from an LA club ● He grows close to a self-con­fessed cheat and plans to move in with “sex ad­dict” James Arthur ● Wife Michelle wor­ries he could be jeop­ar­dis­ing their hap­pi­ness

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Daisy Mclure

He shot to fame as TOWIE’S al­pha male, but last week Mark Wright’s toughguy façade slipped when he posted a bleary-eyed video to In­sta­gram while par­ty­ing in LA, say­ing he was des­per­ately miss­ing wife Michelle Kee­gan.

Mark, 30, shared the post with his 1.4m fol­low­ers, writ­ing, “Bored! Noth­ing is good with­out you!! Hol­ly­wood club or not, just not the same. 2 months hurry up.” He also shared videos of him­self down­ing wa­ter with the cap­tion “light­weight.”

The re­al­ity-star-turned-tv-pre­sen­ter moved to LA last month to co-host TV show Ex­tra, and a full-on work sched­ule meant he missed his cousin El­liot Wright’s wed­ding.


Michelle, who’s been film­ing Our Girl in Malaysia, didn’t re­spond pub­licly to the post – spark­ing spec­u­la­tion there could be prob­lems in the re­la­tion­ship.

In­sid­ers say that while Mark is thou­sands of miles away from his fam­ily, he’s been be­hav­ing out of char­ac­ter and Michelle is grow­ing con­cerned that the pres­sure of crack­ing Amer­ica and be­ing so far away from his sup­port net­work is start­ing to show.

A source says, “Mark’s un­der a lot of pres­sure to do well in the States and that, com­bined with be­ing away from home, seems to be tak­ing its toll. He’s be­come much need­ier, want­ing to Facetime her more and more. He’s usu­ally re­ally health­con­scious and doesn’t have many wild nights out, but now he’s in LA he’s go­ing out more be­cause he’s miss­ing her.”


The cou­ple – who mar­ried in 2014 – en­dured con­tin­ual re­ports of trou­ble in their mar­riage last year while Michelle filmed abroad.

In an in­ter­view last week, she said, “Don’t get me wrong, we miss each other so much, but we’re in con­stant con­tact with What­sapp and Facetime.”

But pals say she is con­cerned Mark isn’t cop­ing too well.

The source says, “Michelle found it bizarre that Mark posted that he’s miss­ing her on so­cial me­dia and doesn’t un­der­stand why he couldn’t have kept it pri­vate. She’s con­cerned it was a cry for help. They’re both feel­ing the strain. If she could be with him, she would. It’s frus­trat­ing.”

In March 2016, Mark posted a gush­ing mes­sage on In­sta­gram about how much he loved Michelle, along­side a photo of her in a bikini – but it was quickly re­moved amid re­ports that Michelle was em­bar­rassed by it.

Closer re­cently re­ported how Michelle has also been wor­ried about Mark’s friend­ship with Ex­tra pre­sen­ter Mario Lopez, 43, who ad­mit­ted to cheat­ing on his first wife Ali Landry, 44, in 2004, just days be­fore their wed­ding.

And pals say her fears were height­ened when new claims sur­faced re­cently that Mark was plan­ning to move in with for­mer X Fac­tor win­ner James Arthur. Last week, the singer, 29, con­fessed to be­ing a wom­an­iser, say­ing he “turned into a s**g” af­ter a brief se­cret fling with Rita Ora, 26, and in­vited hun­dreds of girls to his flat, sleep­ing with “one in the day and an­other at night, then a dif­fer­ent one the next morn­ing.”


The source says, “She trusts Mark, but is con­cerned about him be­ing alone in Amer­ica with so much rid­ing on his job. She’s con­cerned he hasn’t got the right peo­ple around to sup­port him.

“The tim­ing isn’t great with them work­ing thou­sands of miles apart, and she knows how much pres­sure he’s un­der – the show­biz scene in LA is tough and he’s very much the new boy try­ing to prove him­self, while it’s eas­ier for her work­ing away as she’s with a cast and crew that she’s known for ages.

“So even though she knows he doesn’t mean to, she feels she’s be­ing made to feel guilty for not be­ing there with him and the In­sta­gram post did put pres­sure on her. She’s told him the cur­rent set-up isn’t work­ing for her, but there’s noth­ing they can do with work com­mit­ments as they are.

“But she’s do­ing her best to en­cour­age him and make sure he doesn’t feel too lonely and can’t wait to be re­united with him prop­erly in De­cem­ber.”


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