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
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.
OUT OF CHARACTER
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.”
CRY FOR HELP
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.”
❛MICHELLE’S WORRIED MARK HASN’T GOT THE RIGHT PEOPLE AROUND TO SUPPORT HIM❜