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

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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.

Ca­reer wor­ries

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

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