'Emmerdale' stars Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden have split up.

Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden split after 5 years of marriage

Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden split after 5 years of marriage

The soap star power couple - who have three children, Buster, 13, Bowie, eight, and Ace, four - have gone their separate ways just five years after they tied the knot, but they will "remain friends".

Charley - who is best known for playing Debbie Dingle in the ITV soap - wrote on her Instagram Story: "It is with love and respect that Matthew and I have decided to separate.

"We remain friends and our priority is the love for our children. For their sake we would appreciate privacy at this time."

Earlier this month, Charley admitted on Instagram she was "ignoring life".

She posted a selfie on the photo-sharing app and added the caption: "Ignoring life and all the jobs I need to do. Also I want more piercings."

The 35-year-old actress' comments come just a few weeks after their 15-year relationship came into question when it was reported Matthew - who recently departed his role of Emmerdale's David Metcalfe - had unfollowed Charley on Instagram, and they were said to be living separate lives.

A source told The Sun Online: "Charley and Matthew were in very different places in their lives when they first got together.

"Three kids later and with new careers in the mix, everything has changed and perhaps they are no longer the unit they once were."

The pair first met on the 'Emmerdale' set in 2006, and got engaged in 2009.

They split in 2013 for two years, but late reconciled and married in a surprise ceremony at Ripley Castle, Yorkshire in 2018 - when friends thought they were attending Charley's 30th birthday party.

Speaking about the occasion, Charley previously said: "That moment when we announced what we were doing and seeing everybody’s reaction is the best moment of my life."