It’s virtually unheard of in the travelling community, but Big Fat Gypsy Weddings stars, Josie and Swanley have split up and are filling for divorce!
The young couple,who wed on the show in a flamboyant ceremony watched by 6.5million viewers on the hit Channel4 dispatch spin-off show, have reportedly separated due to a string of heated rows.
According to reports, 18-year-old Josie, has taken the couples one year old-daughter, also named Josie, out of the family trailer on a gypsy travelling site, and moved into a house in Middlesex, as well as changing back to her maiden name.
A friend of the pair said: “There have been some awful rows. The fairytale is over.
“It’s very sad. Things haven’t been going well for a while and Josie thinks that it would be better if they were no longer married. She will be filing for divorce.
“She wants to move on with her life and being with Swanley just isn’t making her happy. She has little Josie to think of too, she’s her number one priority.”
It is thought that Josie’s mum, also a traveller, has moved in with her daughter to help her get over the break up and help with the baby.
Josie’s Agent Terry Mills said: “I can confirm my client has split from her husband. Josie is concentrating on being a good mother.”
Swanley and Josie, arguably the most popular couple on the show, appeared in the 2010 series as they planned their over the top wedding, with Josie wearing a huge wedding dress which turned into a micro skirt at the front, complete with bridesmaids dressed in shocking pink. They then appeared in the Christmas special and the latest series as the show followed the pregnancy and subsequent birth of their daughter.
Two months after their daughter was born, both Swanley and Josie were arrested for separate gypsy wedding fights, with Josie even being fitted with an electronic tag for her part in the bust up.
The couple made their last public appearance together on the red carpet of the National Television Awards in January, which they attended on behalf of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings who had been nominated for an award at the event.
Swanley commented in an interview in February: “People say we are their favourite couple from the show.”
Watch a clip from the young couples wedding below: