Just 2 years after they got married, Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green have announced they’re splitting up, and it’s rumoured that having babies may be at the heart of their break-up.
The couple themselves have issued a simple joint statement: “It is with sadness and regret that we confirm our separation. It is a mutual decision, we still care deeply about each other and would like it to be known it is on amicable terms and we wish each other well.”
However, throughout their short marriage, it seems there was one question the Made in Chelsea star and her rapper husband – real name Stephen Manderson – just couldn’t escape… When will you have kids?
Now rumours are circulating that they’ve split after they couldn’t agree about having children.
According to The Sun, Stephen wanted children but Millie wasn’t ready. “Kids became a big problem. Millie didn’t want them any time soon and he did,” a source told the newspaper.
“It’s really sad for Stephen because he’s a lovely and sensitive guy who will make a great dad one day.
“They loved each other but would have these crazy explosive rows.”
Yet, it seems that the story was the other way round a couple of years ago…
Back in 2014, Millie, now 26, made it clear she didn’t want to delay motherhood.
“I want to be a young mum. I’d like to have kids by the time I am 30,” she told The Sun.
“But I don’t want [my children] to be in the spotlight. I don’t want them being brought up on a reality show.”
Around the same time, she told The Mirror: “We’ve got names in mind. I won’t say them but they are old family names. Traditional but unusual.”
And it appeared to be Prof Green who was stalling, when in 2015 he revealed the heartbreaking reason he’d put any plans to start a family on hold – because he was still trying to come to terms with his dad’s suicide 7 years ago.
Talking about struggling with depression since his father’s death, the 32 year old said, “I felt it was right to take precautions by going to therapy and trying to fix myself, because – being happily married – children are the next logical step. But I can’t escape the fact that I am a product of my dad and I don’t want to pass this on.”
So, perhaps, the timing was never quite right for the pair.
What do you do if your partner doesn’t want children?
This conundrum came up in our forum earlier this month and MFMers gave three different options to a woman who was ready for children but her husband wasn’t:
1. Establish a timescale and wait it out
“I think it’s important to at least establish a timescale of when he thinks he’ll be ready. If he says a year then I’m sure you could manage to wait, if he says 10 years then I guess you have to make a few large decisions.” Magic82
2. Just get pregnant and work it out afterwards
“Both of us always said we weren’t wanting children. In fact we always said no. My husband was the same – he used to freak out after sex. Now we are pregnant! He went bananas for like an hour when he I told him. Now it’s the best thing that’s happened. It’s brought us even closer together!” Closmith
3. End the relationship
“I know it’s hard but it’s a once in a lifetime to be able to have a baby and if he doesn’t want one then you should be with someone who will want one.” Angle xoxo
What would you do in that situation? Let us know in the comments below…