Coronation Street star Bill Roache has reportedly ditched his girlfriend Emma Jesson in order to concentrate on his “spiritual path.”
Of Bill’s decision to end their three-year relationship, Emma – who’s 36 years younger than Bill – told The Sun, “Our relationship in terms of love is definitely finished.
“Bill’s spiritual beliefs became more of a priority last year. He wants that to be his path now and I accept that as he needs to be at peace with himself.
“We always knew 2012 would be a big year for him. Spiritually, it was an evolutionary year and really important to him…
“We’re still very close and talk regularly, but we aren’t together as a couple. We still have a relationship, but only as friends.”
Bill is a member of The Pure Love Movement, which urges followers to “Awaken this generation with Pure Love”.
Of the group, Bill said, “We’re all pure love, made in love, living in love.
“It’s urgent to get this over. Time is running out.
“The world won’t end in 2012, but it will change dramatically. This will be the golden age.
“The earth will cleanse itself while material and negative things will collapse.”
In other Corrie news, it was reported over the weekend that Bill Tarmey’s grandson Matt Piddington has landed a role on the show.
Bill, who of course played the part of icon Jack Duckworth, died last year aged 71, apparently urged Matt to follow his dreams of making it as an actor.
Matt told the Mirror, “It would have been great if me and Grandad could have been in the Rovers at the same time but I know he was looking down from heaven smiling.
“I could feel he was with me saying, ‘Go on lad I am so proud of you’.”
The paper adds, “Matt landed his part with help from Corrie’s Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone. Alan, a close pal of Bill, put him touch with an agent who set up auditions where Matt impressed the directors.”
He’s already filmed his scene in the Rovers Return and it seems it went well.
Matt said, “I had nerves but they felt like good nerves.
“I remembered all Grandad’s advice, like ‘less is more’ and ‘it’s all in the eyes’.”
Matt’s also lined up roles in ITV’s Scott & Bailey and C4’s Hollyoaks.
Here’s hoping we see a lot more of him in future! For now, here’s a reminder of his famous granddad on the cobbles…