Michelle Keegan: Moving On
Her new TV show is amazing, she’s going back to her roots (literally) and Hollywood’s calling…
I’d love to do films,’ Michelle Keegan told us recently. And luckily, her wish might well be granted in the near future, with advance reviews of her new BBC drama Our Girl heaping praise on the 26-year-old Mancunian actress and tipping her for superstardom. But while she’s moving onwards and upwards in her career, her big moment has been overshadowed by the drama surrounding her and her husband of 16 months Mark Wright.
Following a very public Twitter spat with actor Danny Dyer after a reported altercation at a recent charity football match, it was at V Festival on 20 August where the drama really kicked off. Danny, 39, was there for his stag/hen do with wife-to-be Joanne Mas when things took a dramatic turn. At around 10pm the Eastenders actor became involved in a verbal altercation with
Mark and his friends, and it reportedly turned physical. Later, Danny’s daughter Dani, 20, said she’d ‘witnessed the whole thing’ and said: ‘5 on 1 is never fair,’ as her dad was seen sporting a black eye.
Mark, 29, was quick to go on the defensive, tweeting the following day: ‘I would like to confirm that I personally wasn’t involved in any physical confrontation’. But that hasn’t stopped him receiving death threats and angry comments from his Instagram followers. ‘Totally disgusting behaviour!’ said one user. ‘Used to think @wrighty_ was decent, lost all respect now. No backbone,’ said another. However, others were quick to jump to his defence, with one saying: ‘I am not a Mark Wright fan but I don’t see why people think this is his fault.’
Michelle’s also been brought into the row. ‘She needs to walk away before you bring her down and wreck her career,’ one user posted to Mark, while a fan of Michelle said: ‘I bet you’re disappointed in your husband. He’s let himself down,’ and another commented: ‘You so need to get rid of that Mark’. Ouch!
‘Michelle’s got so much going on and this isn’t the kind of press she needs,’ says our source. ‘She’s deadly serious about her career and is terrified this will affect what producers think of her. She wishes Mark would grow up.’
Meanwhile, Mark is reportedly irritated that his wife didn’t comment on the situation. Michelle’s refused to back him up online, instead focusing on promoting her Lipsy clothing range and new shows. She uploaded a cryptic inspirational quote to Instagram that said: ‘She believed she could so she did,’ with many of her followers seeming to take that as a sign she’s separating herself from the drama.
But as Michelle tried to move things on by revealing the air date of her new TV series Our Girl on Twitter, she faced even more trouble. The actress was hit with abuse from trolls after Danny’s fiancée implicated her directly: ‘It’s official. I’m going to be promoting MY GIRL and the shit she witnessed #yourtoof**kingstaged,’ suggesting Mark and Michelle’s romance is fake.
‘It really upset Michelle,’ says our insider. ‘She’s not dealing with this well. She has no time for this kind of situation – she doesn’t ever have feuds with people. She reckons it’s just undignified and childish.’
Speculation about the couple has been ongoing, as they’ve hardly been seen together in the past few months. While Michelle has been filming Tina And Bobby in Manchester, Mark’s been jetting off for DJ gigs in Mallorca and on lads’ holidays, so they’re often hundreds of miles apart every night. Their last public outing together was at Wireless festival in June, leading to many suggestions that the pair have already split – not helped by the fact Michelle’s been seen without her wedding ring several times. While she’s previously said she takes it off for filming, our sources say it’s a conscious message to Mark.
Michelle’s even admitted to us that she and Mark rarely get time together, revealing: ‘When I was down south we’d have [date night] once a week, whereas now I’m in Manchester and he can work at weekends, we don’t see each other as often as I’d like.’
Our source confirms: ‘On the rare occasions they see each other, they don’t usually get much time together as they’re always rushing off to another work commitment.’
However, Mark’s reportedly furious at any suggestion that he’s holding Michelle’s career back. ‘He feels they should be joining forces,’ adds the friend. ‘Their married life together has been on hold from day one with their workload, so you can understand Mark’s frustration. All Michelle wants is
for him to understand that she’s changing and growing.’
Of course, the V Festival drama isn’t the first scandal that Michelle and Mark have had to face either. On a holiday to Las Vegas with his mates in June, there was a furore after Mark was seen talking to a blonde woman while hanging out by the pool. While there was no suggestion anything happened, it can’t have been easy for Michelle, who was filming in South Africa at the time. She maintained a dignified silence.
But then there were rumours that Michelle was growing close to her on-screen lover and co-star Luke Pasqualino, 26, after the two were seen hugging on set. While Mark’s admitted in the past he finds his wife’s sex scenes ‘hilarious’ and ‘part of her job’, Michelle’s friendship with Luke is said to have put a strain on things between her and Mark.
For Michelle, it seems to be very stressful: ‘She’s really upset at how much – and how quickly – things have changed,’ our insider reveals. ‘She’s at such an exciting stage of her life and would love to share it all with her husband, but he wants things to stay the same.’
The constant mention of children and settling down can’t help either. Only last month, Mark’s sister Jess said she ‘hoped she’d be having a niece or nephew soon,’ which reportedly irritated career-focused Michelle.
‘She’s grown so much over the past year,’ adds another source. ‘She’s thriving in her career and learning all the time and she’s not thinking about babies or anything like that yet.’
Michelle’s now moving on from last week’s craziness and looking forward to chilling out. With filming wrapped on Tina And Bobby, she’s about to go into an intense promotional tour for Our Girl and then it could be Hollywood, with the Our Girl stunt co-ordinator Paul Pieterse comparing her to the likes of A-list megastar Charlize Theron. But Michelle says she’s going to find time to have a break in between her next big job: ‘I am looking forward to a bit of downtime,’ she admitted last week, ‘where I can catch up with myself, spend time with Mark and our families.’
And it couldn’t come sooner, as our sources say it’s all about the next few months for Mark and Michelle. ‘They’re supposed to be going on this amazing holiday together but the way things are now it could be a makeor-break situation,’ says our source. ‘I think they need to sit down and talk seriously about making some changes.’
Mark’s desperate for some time out with his wife
Mark at V Festival, where he bumped into his younger sister Natalya,
(above), and (below) with his mates before all the drama happened with Danny. He captioned the pic: ‘The calm before the storm’
Michelle’s cryptic Insta post