Michelle Kee­gan: ‘Ev­ery­one Needs To Back Off!’

Be­ing linked to co-stars, talk of ba­bies and gru­elling work hours… No won­der Michelle Kee­gan’s feel­ing the pres­sure

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roughed-up and rar­ing to go (but still flaw­less, FYI), Michelle Kee­gan is set to make quite the de­but in BBC One’s Our Girl, if the trailer for the new se­ries is any­thing to go by. But while the 29-year-old ac­tress should be ex­cited about the mil­i­tary drama hit­ting our screens, sources say that be­hind closed doors she’s strug­gling as spec­u­la­tion con­tin­ues over her mar­riage to for­mer TOWIE hunk Mark Wright, who she wed in May last year.

We can’t help but feel sorry for Mich, as fam­ily and friends have been voic­ing their opin­ions, too. ‘Hope­fully it’s not too long un­til I’ll be an aun­tie,’ gushed Mark’s sis­ter Jess, 30, last week.

The com­ment is be­lieved to have ir­ri­tated Michelle, who’s been open about want­ing to wait to have chil­dren while her ca­reer takes off.

A friend re­veals: ‘Michelle is re­ally proud of her lat­est work and reck­ons it’ll open the door to a lot of ex­cit­ing, more hard-hit­ting act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. So to think of tak­ing a break [to have kids] is way off her agenda – she just wants ev­ery­one to back off.’

Things are now said to be ‘tense’ be­tween the for­mer Cor­rie star and her sis­ter-in-law. They haven’t been seen pub­licly to­gether in months, and at a re­cent Revlon bash

(Michelle is the new face of the brand), the girls weren’t spot­ted to­gether de­spite both be­ing in at­ten­dance.

Look noted that while Michelle looked in­cred­i­ble on the night, she seemed tired, too – well, it can’t be easy liv­ing out of a suit­case while film­ing.

‘Michelle tries not to take it to heart when peo­ple com­ment on her mar­riage,’ says a source. ‘But it’s ex­tra pres­sure on her when they do.’

Jess’s re­mark follows an ap­pear­ance by Mark on Loose Women last month, dur­ing which he told the au­di­ence that his mum Carol, 55, is keen to have grand­chil­dren. ‘I think we’ve got an­other year or two of her nag­ging and we’ll just have to do it,’ said the 29-year-old.

For Michelle, how­ever, it’s re­port­edly all too much, with our in­sider adding: ‘She feels like she’s get­ting it from all sides at the mo­ment when she’s got too much work on to even think about fam­ily stuff.’

Last week, she took to In­sta­gram, post­ing a snap of her­self with the cap­tion: ‘Si­lence is golden.’

Michelle is cur­rently film­ing Tina And Bobby, a biopic about leg­endary foot­baller Bobby Moore’s life with child­hood sweet­heart Tina Dean. And while many might think play­ing mother of two Tina would make the ac­tress broody, it seems that’s not the case.

‘Michelle loves chil­dren,’ says our source. ‘But she’s also quite happy to get the cuddles and hand them back. She’s so busy she barely has time for her­self, let alone kids!’

And her sched­ule is at ca­pac­ity. Michelle started film­ing Tina And Bobby in Manch­ester straight af­ter wrap­ping Our Girl. She also has her Lipsy cloth­ing line to pro­mote, as well as her work with Revlon.

But it’s been tough on hus­band Mark. ‘He’s been a bit thrown by it all be­cause he’s used to hav­ing Michelle around more,’ says our source. ‘He’d pre­fer it if she was driv­ing home at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity but re­alises that’s not pos­si­ble, so he makes the ef­fort to go up north in­stead.’

How­ever, friends say it’s never as of­ten as ei­ther of them would like, as he has work com­mit­ments, too – in­clud­ing reg­u­lar DJ sets abroad.

Ru­mours of a split can’t be help­ing mat­ters, ei­ther. Doubt was first cast when Michelle was seen with­out her wed­ding ring sev­eral times ear­lier this year. Ad­dress­ing the sit­u­a­tion on Twit­ter, Michelle hit back: ‘I work on cam­era so I take it off and put it some­where safe... SIM­PLE.’

But things only got worse when pic­tures emerged of the ac­tress look­ing cosy with her Our Girl co-star Luke Pasqualino. Michelle has re­fused to com­ment on the snaps, but pals in­sist it’s a purely a work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

Now she’s turn­ing to her friends for sup­port, while a trip away with Mark is on the cards. ‘Michelle has a lot of sym­pa­thetic ears,’ re­veals our source. ‘But the thing she’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to is spend­ing some qual­ity time with Mark on their up­com­ing hol­i­day – he’s go­ing to have to pull out all the stops.’

Peo­ple are spec­u­lat­ing that it’s make or break – but it’s sim­ply some time for them to en­joy life as a cou­ple and take a rest from work. ‘We’ve both been so busy,’ Michelle told Look re­cently. ‘It will be nice to get away to­gether.’

As for hav­ing ba­bies, the fi­nal word is with Mich: ‘When you have a child, every­thing changes – at the mo­ment I’m re­ally lucky with my life and I don’t want any­thing to change just yet.’

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