Bec & Lley­ton Feud­ing

With three beau­ti­ful kids, a $10m house and her hus­band at home more of­ten, why does Bec seem so un­happy with Lley­ton?

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The cou­ple who once likened them­selves to the “Posh and Becks” of Aus­tralia ap­pear to be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of their more fa­mous coun­ter­parts – and bick­er­ing more and more as they try to save their mar­riage.

Friends say Bec He­witt has had enough of be­ing taken for granted by “un­grate­ful” hus­band Lley­ton as their once cel­e­brated love af­fair comes un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure and they fight to re­vive the spark that has gone out af­ter al­most 13 years of mar­riage.

“The biggest dan­ger for Bec and Lley­ton now is bore­dom,” says one friend, who says both are strug­gling with the hum­drum of nor­mal­ity af­ter the jet­set life they led when he was play­ing ten­nis.

“They are a cou­ple stuck in stale do­mes­tic­ity in sub­ur­bia, and as they bicker and run af­ter the kids, life could not seem more dif­fer­ent to Bec’s days of hob­nob­bing with celebri­ties on the ten­nis cir­cuit.”

The ten­sion be­tween the pair was pal­pa­ble, as they fought openly while out to­gether in Mel­bourne re­cently.

Lley­ton, like mil­lions of Aussies, fell in love with Bec when she was a house­hold name, mobbed at shop­ping cen­tres and splashed on mag­a­zine cov­ers. When she quit the soap in 2005 just one week af­ter an­nounc­ing she was preg­nant with their first child, Mia, fol­low­ing a whirl­wind ro­mance, Bec said: “I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber my days on Home And Away as the best of my life.”

Those words must be haunt­ing Bec now as she won­ders what’s hap­pened to that con­fi­dent young woman while strug­gling to build a life in Mel­bourne amid in­creas­ing ten­sion with Lley­ton, 37.

“Bec wants Lley­ton to see her as the ac­tress with sta­tus she was when their paths first crossed but, of course, Lley­ton sees her as a wife and a mum – be­cause she hasn’t worked as an ac­tress in years.”

Their mar­riage has al­ways been a roller­coaster with “lov­ing and open” Bec, 34, strug­gling with Lley­ton’s ten­dency to close him­self off, on top of his in­sis­tence on spend­ing time with his mates to bal­ance his de­mand­ing home life.

“It’s not that Lley­ton doesn’t love be­ing a hus­band and a fa­ther, it’s just he doesn’t want to sur­ren­der all the parts of his life that de­fine him,” our source says.

“He’d like to be able to play a few games of ten­nis with­out Bec call­ing around to try to find him. In her quest to feel loved, she de­mands all Lley­ton’s time and at­ten­tion and he of­ten feels trapped.”

Friends say the ten­sion has hit new heights re­cently as he comes un­der pres­sure with mooted changes to the Davis Cup that could see him in Mel­bourne more.

In fact, they fear the cou­ple are strug­gling to find any com­mon ground other than their kids, Mia, 12, Cruz, nine, and Ava seven.

“They fight over the small­est things,” says the friend.

“It could be any­thing from Lley­ton rush­ing out with­out say­ing good­bye prop­erly, leav­ing his clothes on the floor, or not say­ing thank you when Bec cleans up af­ter him – which she’s al­ways done – to him for­get­ting to pick up bread, or not pay­ing at­ten­tion when Bec tells him about her day.”

‘The biggest dan­ger for Bec and Lley­ton now is bore­dom’

Un­der pres­sure In­sid­ers say Bec is tired of be­ing taken for granted by Lley­ton.

“They fight over the small­est things,” says a friend. The cou­ple were spot­ted look­ing tense in Mel­bourne re­cently.

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