A HOLLYOAKS star has been left gutted following the end of his five-year marriage.
James Sutton plays John Paul McQueen in the Channel 4 soap, and tied the knot with Rachael Collin after meeting at Glastonbury musical festival eight years ago.
A Hollyoaks star has been left gutted following the end of his five-year marriageCredit: Channel 4
James Sutton – who plays John Paul McQueen has split from his wife Rachael
But now The Sunday Mirror reports James, 40, and Rachael have quietly divorced.
James confirmed to the publication: “Rachael and I had a wonderful relationship and. It was very sad but amicable, and we remain friends.”
A source added: “James and Rachael have enjoyed a really happy marriage but, as many couples can relate to, their relationship became strained during lockdown.
“James is in the public eye, whereas Rachael prefers to be out of the spotlight and, after eight fantastic years together, they decided they were better off as friends.
“For now, James is focused on work. They still have a lot of love for each other.”
The pair met in thearea at Glastonbury, and James previously opened up about how he made the first move.
He said: “I was watching this girl pumping up an air bed with a foot pump and I thought, ‘I’ve got an electric pump in my bag, I could be a hero here’. So I went over and said, ‘Excuse me, do you want to borrow my pump?’”
James first joined Hollyoaks in 2006 until 2008, before returning in 2012 until 2017.
He most recently came back to the show in 2019 and remains part of the cast.