Carol & Mark: Is it all over?
with carol mcgiffin’s increasing fear over mark’s desire to start a family, friends worry that the wedding is off
When she announced her engagement to boyfriend Mark Cassidy live on Loose Women in 2009, it was clear Carol Mcgiffin couldn’t be happier.
But nine years on from that proposal, Carol, 58, and Mark, 36, have yet to tie the knot. Woman’s Own can exclusively reveal that it may never happen for the couple, as their relationship has been rocked by a series of fresh problems, namely Carol’s paranoia over Mark’s desire to have kids.
‘Carol’s growing concern that her relationship with Mark is doomed and that it’s a matter of time before it’s over,’ our source tells us.
Despite there being 22 years between them, age has never been an issue for the couple, with Carol previously shutting down her critics admitting, ‘We’re the only ones who need to worry about our ages.’
But we understand that Carol has become increasingly conscious of the fact that she’s older – especially as Mark’s now feeling broody.
‘The thought of becoming a dad has crossed Mark’s mind on several occasions, and at this point, Carol clearly can’t give him children – and that just makes her feel even worse,’ our source adds.
Carol has previously spoken out about her fears that Mark may secretly want kids. ‘I’ve started to notice that when we are around our great-nephews – I have eight of them – he seeks them out and spends hours with them,’ she revealed. ‘I joke it’s because there isn’t much of an age difference but I’ve begun to think it might be more than that and I’ve started to worry about him. What if he has been lying all these years? What if he does really want to be a dad?’
And, with his baby hopes weighing very heavily on Carol’s mind, our source tells us that she is only pushing Mark further away.
‘Carol’s increasingly conscious she’s older than Mark’
Wedding on hold?
Just six months ago, Carol was adamant that 2018 would be the year that she and Mark would finally tie the knot. ‘Of course [the wedding is still on]! It’s definitely going to happen next year,’ she confessed.
Woman’s Own previously revealed the couple’s plans to get hitched in France this year, but with little talk of the occasion – and as the months pass by, sources fear that it’s becoming less likely that the pair will become husband and wife. ‘Mark is not being proactive when it comes to their wedding plans, and has commented on the fact that Carol is lacking any enthusiasm and energy for pretty much anything at the moment,’ our source continues. With the couple’s age gap, it’s perhaps unsurprising their passions often conflict, but our source explains that the pair are really at a crossroads in terms of what they both want for their futures.
However, Carol’s fears over Mark’s desire to have a family and their lack of wedding plans aren’t the only things that are driving the couple apart. It’s thought that Carol – who appeared as a popular panellist on ITV’S Loose Women from 2003 to 2013 – is desperate to return to TV, which is creating even more tension between them. She has been very vocal about her desire to make a comeback on the show, as she previously admitted, ‘I would go back but only if a certain panellist were let go.’ And in March, Carol liked a number of fans comments on social media wishing for her to rejoin the show, alongside former panellists Denise Welch and Lisa Maxwell.
‘Carol is absolutely devastated about the decline in her regular TV career,’ our source admits. ‘She is clearly hurt by the fact she isn’t a part of
Loose Women anymore, and although she’s still earning through other work, she’s not getting that additional regular income that she was used to.’
Our source continues, ‘Mark is working as well, of course, but that’s ultimately led to him having a completely separate group of friends now, and for some reason Carol is convinced they want him to leave her for someone younger than her.’
But with her paranoia over kids, her age and their wedding, we understand that Carol is only making things worse between them.
‘He’s not the type to cut and run, but if Carol is honest with herself, she can’t see him being with her in 10 years’ time,’ our source adds.
‘Carol’s defence mechanism is to go on to talk about leaving to save the embarrassment of being dumped and to “get it out of the way” before he leaves her. She’s also adamant publicly there isn’t a problem between them, so here’s hoping they can sort their issues out and stay the course.’
‘She is devastated about the decline in her TV work’
Is the age gap tearing Carol and Mark apart?
Carol would love to return to Loose Women
Looking strained last year
Showing her emotions on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013