Singer Katherine Jenkins and TV presenter Gethin Jones say they are “heartbroken” after splitting up. The pair announced in February that they were getting married after Cardiff-born former Blue Peter presenter Jones proposed in Mexico.
Jones and Jenkins, from Neath announced the break-up on their Twitter accounts. The news was confirmed by the mezzo soprano’s management. They met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007.
Jenkins, 31, said on Twitter: “Sorry for being quiet of late, its just that I have some very sad news. “Geth & I have decided to go our separate ways. We are both beyond broken hearted.
“All your hugs & support will be much appreciated xxx.”
Jenkins broke the news of the split to her mother Susan, 62, in Neath earlier this week and the pair have spent hours on the phone talking it through.
Speaking from her home in Neath Susan said: “It is very sad for both of them. It is a difficult tIme and the family will be giving Katherine all the support we can.”
Jenkins is due to start the UK leg of her Daydream tour in Oxford next week.
Jones, 33, said on his Twitter: “Hi everybody. I’m deeply sad to tell you that Kath and I have ended our relationship as a couple. We are both heart broken… Gx.”
Shortly after the engagement, newspapers said the couple were planning to get married in Wales in summer 2012.
The couple met when Jones was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and the singer made a guest appearance on the show.
Earlier this year, Jones had said becoming a husband was “probably going to be the best job I ever have and one I’ll want to do the best I can at”.