Alex Zane confirms his whirlwind marriage to artist Nettie Wakefield is over

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After courting famous and beautiful women, including The Voice host Emma Willis, the late Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, and actress Sadie Frost, TV host Alex Zane finally settled down with trendy performer Nettie Wakefield last summer.

However, I hear that the couple has already broken up, barely five months after their wedding in London.

“At the end of last year we decided to separate,” confirms 43-year-old Zane, who proposed to 35-year-old Nettie in 2018 after a “whirlwind year-long romance.”

Everywhere: I hear that Alex Zane and artist wife Nettie Wakefield have already split, barely five months after their London wedding (pictured)

He explains, “We leave each other in the best way possible for two people who shared incredible experiences, full of love and laughter and as many happy memories as two people can make in that time.

“We remain best friends despite the decision to go our separate ways. Our friends and family have been very supportive during this time and we appreciate all the help we have received.”

The Yorkshireman adds: ‘Obviously it’s never easy to leave a relationship, but we move forward knowing we can rely on the other.

Split: Alex took to Instagram to announce his split from Nettie

Split: Alex took to Instagram to announce his split from Nettie

“It’s as amicable divorce as it gets, and of course we’ll continue to co-parent our whippet, Simon.”

I hear Nettie, who previously dated Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner and was linked to Twilight star Robert Pattinson, is being comforted by male model Owen McGinnity, who was pictured with his arm around her at a party two months after their wedding party.

Nettie, whose artwork hangs in the capital’s Groucho Club and Maddox Gallery, had exchanged vows with Zane during the pandemic, but they were forced to limit their number of wedding guests due to Covid restrictions, as was the big celebration last August.

Done: The couple married in a small ceremony during the pandemic, but celebrated last year

Done: The couple married in a small ceremony during the pandemic, but celebrated last year

Zane previously said the celebration, held in July, was the wedding they “always planned” but couldn’t due to restrictions during the pandemic.

The TV star’s brother officiated at the ceremony, with the wedding party enjoying a carrot and maple cake and a speech from his mother.

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Zane made a name for himself on Channel 4 co-presenting Popworld with Alexa Chung and the clip show Rude Tube.

Support: Nettie is comforted by male model Owen McGinnity (left) who was pictured with his arm around her at a party two months after their wedding celebration

Support: Nettie is comforted by male model Owen McGinnity (left) who was pictured with his arm around her at a party two months after their wedding celebration

After proposing to Nettie, a source said, “Alex has been knocked for six since he met Nettie.

“He’s totally in love and soon realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.”

Alex was previously romantically linked to a range of stars including Emma Willis, Sarah Harding, Pixie Geldof and Sadie Frost.

Love life: Alex courted famous and beautiful women before meeting Nettie, including The Voice host Emma Willis (pictured)

Romance: He was also previously linked to Sadie Frost (pictured)

Love life: Alex courted famous and beautiful women before meeting Nettie, including The Voice host Emma Willis (L) and actress Sadie Frost (R)

Heartthrob: Nettie previously dated Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner (pictured in 2016) before her five-year relationship with Alex

Heartthrob: Nettie previously dated Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner (pictured in 2016) before her five-year relationship with Alex

Meanwhile, Aidan van Nettie and Poldark split in 2017 after six months of dating with reports claiming they were “driven apart by conflicting work schedules.”

A source said at the time: ‘It was going great for a while and they got serious – but it just wasn’t to be and busy schedules drove them apart.

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“They have drifted and things have cooled down, but there are no hard feelings. Aidan is incredibly busy with his career and Nettie’s art is really taking off, so they had a lot on their plate.’

Pencil artist: Nettie has collaborated with top artists such as Banksy and Damian Hirst and her art has been auctioned (pictured in 2021 at her Soho exhibition)

Pencil artist: Nettie has collaborated with top artists such as Banksy and Damian Hirst and her art has been auctioned (pictured in 2021 at her Soho exhibition)

Pencil artist Nettie has collaborated with top artists such as Banksy and Damian Hirst.

Her art has also been auctioned alongside work by Tracey Emin, the Chapman brothers and Jonathan Yeo.

Her main work is inverted portraits, in which she approaches strangers at subway stations to get pictures of their hair for drawings.

Nettie, who grew up in Barnes, south west London, has been exhibiting her work in London since completing her master’s degree in 2013.

Comedian: Zane made a name for himself on Channel 4 co-presenting Popworld with Alexa Chung and the clip show Rude Tube

Comedian: Zane made a name for himself on Channel 4 co-presenting Popworld with Alexa Chung and the clip show Rude Tube

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