Chase star making marriage work after cheating scandal

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Mark Labbett and wife Katie Labbett are reportedly back together. Photo: Getty Images

The Chase star Mark Labbett, or ‘The Beast’ as he’s more widely known, has let his ring do the talking, flashing the marriage band to announce he and wife Katie remain together despite a highly-publicised alleged cheating scandal and supposed marriage breakdown.

Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women Mark opened up about his wife Katie’s, who also happens to be his second cousin, rumoured affair with 28-year-old Scott Bate.

Though Katie appeared to confirm her new relationship and split from her husband back in May, it seems the star-crossed lovers are back on, and working things out.

“Like a lot of relationships, you go through a rough patch. Our absolute priority is our son, and we’re working our way through it,” Mark told the program.

He says the pair’s focus is now on their marriage and shared son, who Mark is determined to keep out of the limelight.

“We're quite private, there's no pictures of our son online and I'm not going to name him until he's old enough to make the decision.”

A relationship mined with scandal

The pair's rocky run played out in the public eye. Photo: Getty Images

Mark and Katie made quite the splash with their relationship when they tied the knot in a lavish ceremony five years ago, despite the 27-year age gap between them.

If the disparity in age between the 53-year-old Chase star and his 26-year-old bride wasn’t enough, the pair are also second cousins - although they didn’t know that when they first met.

The Mirror reported that the pair’s fathers were cousins the same day they tied the knot back in 2014.

“It wasn't something we were aware of at the time - it was one of those things that happened,” he has previously told Loose Women.

On the rocks in the public eye

The Chase star weathered plenty of scrutiny while his marriage drama unfolded. photo: Getty Images

The pair hit headlines again earlier this year with Katie’s very public fling with Scott, which she confirmed to The Sun.

Scott, who is 25 years her husband’s junior, didn’t let Mark’s age or celebrity status deter him from sharing multiple snaps of him and Katie online which fuelled the controversy.

The happy snaps, which have since been deleted, include a shot of the pair cuddled up against a brick wall, while another shows Katie’s arm wrapped around Scott neck.

Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Katie Labbett for comment.

Despite a tumultuous few months, it seems the relationship has been shaken, but not broken.

When asked if he was still with Katie, Mark flashed his wedding band in response, and swiftly moved the conversation on.

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