Why Dav­ina Mc­call couldn’t save her 17-year mar­riage

She’d known for a while that things hadn’t been work­ing…

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‘She didn’t want to feel like the bad per­son’

Oh dear – we thought Dav­ina Mc­call’s mar­riage to Matthew Robert­son was as solid as a band of gold, but last week the pair called time on their 17-year union. Shocks all round.

So, why couldn’t the cou­ple, who re­newed their wed­ding vows in April 2015, make it work? Ap­par­ently, a large part of their prob­lems were down to Matthew’s un­hap­pi­ness about Dav­ina’s com­mit­ment to her ca­reer. “He some­times felt that if Dav­ina put as much time and en­ergy into their re­la­tion­ship as she did her work, they would have the world’s best mar­riage,” an in­sider close to the cou­ple tells heat. In 2017 alone, Dav­ina pre­sented The Jump on Chan­nel 4, The

Dav­ina Hour on W, and is the face of cos­metic brand Garnier Nutrisse. Her lat­est fit­ness DVD will be re­leased on 26 De­cem­ber, and she’s writ­ten four cook books in the last two years.

Matt, mean­while, pre­sented

Pet Res­cue from 1997 to 2003, but left the world of TV to con­cen­trate on his ad­ven­ture travel com­pany.

Al­though the split was only an­nounced last week, our source says that the mar­riage had been on the rocks for two years, with Matt, 49, feel­ing in­se­cure about not be­ing the main bread­win­ner, and jok­ing he had to “make an ap­point­ment to get time with my wife”, and telling friends, “Her yoga mat sees more ac­tion than me.”

And the warn­ing signs had been there for a while, with Dav­ina post­ing sad In­sta­gram mes­sages such as, “When I say ‘I’m fine’ I ac­tu­ally mean ‘just hug me’.”

The pre­sen­ter has spo­ken openly in the past about go­ing to coun­selling, but it’s claimed that Dav­ina, 50, knew for a while that her mar­riage couldn’t be saved. “She said that the point where you start try­ing to save things is the point where you know you’ve already lost it,” our in­sider tells us. “She says, ‘You shouldn’t have to fix your­self or feel like the bad per­son.’”

Now, as the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches, we’re told the es­tranged cou­ple will spend Christmas with their chil­dren, Holly, 16, Tilly, 14, and 11-year-old Ch­ester, but it will be prob­a­bly their last as a fam­ily unit. “Ev­ery morn­ing, we get a chance to be dif­fer­ent. A chance to change. A chance to be bet­ter,” Dav­ina posted to In­sta­gram the day be­fore the split was an­nounced. She also com­mented un­der­neath, “I re­ally know about this one. I have made so many mis­takes in my life. But there is al­ways a new day.” Pass the tis­sues.

Dav­ina and Matthew at their wed­ding in 2000

In hap­pier times last year

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