Johnny Vegas and his wife Maia Dunphy have separated after seven years of marriage.

Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy

Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy

The TV comic and his Irish television producer wife announced the sad news that they broke up last year on both of their Twitter accounts.

The statement read: "It is with a heavy heart that we want to let you know that we separated some time ago last year.

"We are telling people now because speculation is unhelpful at best, and dangerous at worst. As we think is obvious, we continue to fully support each other; there is no acrimony, no story and no one else involved.

"We have never played out our relationship publicly, so we don't feel it's too much to ask for privacy now. We also ask people to be mindful that there are two children involved, and their welfare is our main concern now. Thank you. X [sic]"

Johnny, 46, and Maia, 41, have one son, two-year-old Tom, together, whilst the comedian also has an older son Michael from a previous relationship.

The former couple did have to spend some time apart due to work commitments and speaking ahead of her appearance on RTE's 'Dancing with the Stars' Maia admitted it was hard for them to have to be away from each other for work.

She previously said: "We speak every day and we FaceTime every second day because it's really important for Tom. He sees pictures of him all over the fridge and by the bed and he adores him," she said at that time. In fairness, it's also really hard on Johnny because he is missing out on a lot of time with his son. He could say, 'What the hell are you doing in Dublin? London is our home now you should be back here,' but we let each other do our thing."

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