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Mother of Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen says 'no hint of trouble'

EXCLUSIVE ‘There was NO hint of trouble’: Mother of Our Yorkshire Farm shepherdess Amanda Owen says daughter kept her in the dark about marital ‘rocky patch’ for months while plugging new book about her happy family life

  • Joyce Livingstone claims she was kept in dark about issues between Amanda Owen, 47, and husband Clive, 61
  • Ms Livingstone, an ex-model from Huddersfield, said she was ‘gobsmacked’ when she heard of a ‘rough patch’
  • Mrs Owen made no reference to problems during a two-hour talk about her life on farm in Worcester last night
  • The shepherdess made jokes during the event, saying: ‘Clive has just been on the phone asking what is for tea’

The Yorkshire Shepherdess was so determined to project a happy family image she kept her marital problems secret from her own mother, MailOnline can reveal.

Joyce Livingstone said she had been kept in the dark about problems between Amanda Owen, 47, and her husband Clive, 61, with the pair said to be living apart for months.

Ms Livingstone, a former model and beauty queen originally from Huddersfield, said she was ‘gobsmacked’ when she heard of their ‘rough patch’ and said she had seen ‘no hint of any trouble’.

Mrs Owen made no reference to the problems in her marriage during a two-hour talk about her life on the farm in Worcester last night, despite it being billed as ‘full of honest anecdotes from her remarkable farming, family life’.

She cracked jokes and continued to push her ‘idyllic life’ during the event, saying: ‘Clive has just been on the phone asking what is for tea.’

It comes after neighbours yesterday told MailOnline the Owens had been living apart for months after she ‘got caught up in the spotlight’ of her Channel 5 programme Our Yorkshire Farm.

They said Mrs Owen moved into their rental property down the road from Ravenseat Farm in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, while Mr Owen has been staying in the farmhouse.

The couple, known as the ‘Kardashians of the Countryside’, are ‘battling to save their marriage’ after more than 21 years and nine children.

Mr Owen, who was married to his first wife for 13 years before he met Mrs Owen, is understood to be ‘desperate’ to repair their relationship and ‘fears’ their marriage will end in divorce.

Joyce Livingstone said she had been kept in the dark about problems between Amanda Owen, 47, and her husband Clive (pictured, the couple), 61, with the pair said to be living apart for months

Ms Livingstone, a former model and beauty queen originally from Huddersfield, said she was ‘gobsmacked’ when she heard of their ‘rough patch’ and said she had seen ‘no hint of any trouble’. Pictured: Mrs Owen

Despite their living arrangements being ‘the talk of the village’, Ms Livingstone said today she had not been told of any marital spat, telling MailOnline: ‘I am gobsmacked.’

She said her daughter had not told her she was living apart from Mr Owen, saying: ‘There was absolutely no hint of any trouble. We watched the programmes on the television, and it did not look like there was anything wrong.’

She added: ‘I have had no contact with anyone. I just don’t know anything. As far I am concerned their marriage is rock solid.’

Mrs Owen made no reference to the problems in her marriage during a two-hour talk about her life on the farm in Worcester last night, despite it being billed as ‘full of honest anecdotes from her remarkable farming, family life’

Mr and Mrs Owen became adored television stars through the Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm from 2018 after first appearing on ITV series The Dales in 2011.

The programme follows them and their nine children around the 2,000-acre Ravenseat Farm as they battle the harsh elements to tackle rural duties.

As well as the show, Mrs Owen has released numerous books about her ‘idyllic life’ in the countryside, with her latest coming out today.

At a launch event last night, the farming reality show star gave the impression she and her husband were still together as she talked about the remote sheep farm.

Within minutes of taking her seat on stage at a theatre in Worcester she told the audience: ‘Clive has just been on the phone asking what is for tea.’ To laughs from the mostly elderly audience she added: ‘I told him pasta’. 

The remark was made at the start of her show ‘Adventures of The Yorkshire Shepherdess’ and came hours after she and her husband issued a joint statement confirming their 21 year marriage was in trouble.

The couple admitted they were going through a ‘rocky patch’ and said ‘we’ve never said our marriage is perfect’ after locals revealed they had been living apart for months.

They released a joint statement yesterday saying: ‘With the TV show and the books we’ve always aimed to show the reality of life on the farm, and just like any marriage we have our stresses and strains, coupled with all the complexities of what we do on the farm and bringing up nine kids.

‘We’re a normal family and we’ve never said our marriage is perfect. Unfortunately the constant intrusion into our lives from the media has amplified a rocky patch that we’re going through. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we work through this.

Amanda, 47, live on Ravenseat Farm in Yorkshire with her husband Clive Owen, 67. Pictured left to right: Annas, seven, Violet, 10, Edith, 12, Raven, 20, Amanda with Nancy, four, Clive with Clemmie, five, Reuben, 17, Miles, 14 and Sidney, eight. Pictured: The family are in front of The Fires, where Amanda is believed to be staying

Our Yorkshire Farm stars Amanda (R) and Clive Owen (L) are reportedly ‘battling to save their marriage’ after more than 21 years together

Amanda Owen’s website the Yorkshire Shepherdess advertises a stunning stay in the Dales in their holiday home.

The Firs, a six-bedroom farmhouse, looks out over five acres of meadows and pasture.

It has two king sized rooms, one double, a single, a triple bunk and a single bunk.

It is accessed by a private road behind three gates and dates back to at least the seventeenth century.

It has a number of original features, including stone flagged floors, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and a traditional black Yorkshire range.

It has a cosy living room in front of a roaring fire as well as a traditional farmhouse kitchen with a table for eight people.

It also includes a microwave, fridge freezer and toaster,  utility room with washer and tumble drier and a TV in the living room with sound bar.

But for visitors it has no phone connection, with guests advised to travel 15 minutes to Kirkby Stephen to get a connection.

The cottage has not available to book during the coronavirus pandemic.

A notice at the top of the advert says: ‘We are not taking bookings until further notice and visits to Ravenseat are postponed until Spring.’

Mr and Mrs Owen also rent out a shepherd’s hut on their land, which is near the farmyard on their land.

The website says: ‘In a sheltered setting down by the river, it’s your chance to enjoy the stunning Swaledale countryside in traditional style.’

It adds: ‘On warm summer evenings, you can relax outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery, whiling away the evening with your toes in the river. If it’s wet, windy and wild, retreat inside the hut and relax, you’ll be toasty warm beside the wood-burning stove.’

But again there is no WIFI or internet access or phone signal in the area. And it is also off limits due to the pandemic. 

Mrs Owen made no reference to the problems in her marriage during the two-hour talk about her pleasant life on the farm.

More than 150 people had paid £17.50 to hear the 47-year-old reveal details about everyday farming life and coping with nine children.

There were no questions from the audience at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester and many were disappointed they were unable to get copies of her best-selling book they had brought with them signed at the end.

Copies of ‘Adventures of a Shepherdess’ were on sale at the theatre in Huntingdon Hall and had all been pre-signed by the author.

Mrs Owen did not make any comment as she left the theatre with her next scheduled appearance in Scarborough at the weekend.

Fans of the Owens said that they were saddened at news of the crisis within the much-loved farming couple’s 21-year marriage.

Anne Layton said: ‘I love the TV series and it is such a shame. All couple’s go through problems and I hope for the children’s sake they can resolve whatever issues they have.’

Another woman who had booked to see the show as a birthday treat said: ‘I will be absolutely heartbroken if Amanda and Clive split up. They can’t. Their relationship and the interaction with their children is really endearing.’

Her new book paints a romantic picture of life in the Yorkshire countryside with her large brood and more than 1,000 animals including cows, sheep and ponies.

In the introduction she says ‘finding authenticity in all that I read’ was what mattered to her.

And she tells numerous anecdotes of her experiences with her husband and children through the months of the year.

But she does hint at tension between her and Mr Owen in the pages, with one coming when they were looking around their new place at Anty Johns.

Writing about trying to get her 4×4 through a precarious gateway, she says: ”’Come on,” he shouted impatiently as I edged forward. ”Yer could get a bus through there!”

‘I felt less convinced. ”Back up yer not lined up properly”, he shouted.

She said she reversed the car but panicked and froze in her seat, fearing she would topple off the cliff edge into the ravine below.

Mrs Owen wrote that there was only one thing worse than hanging in mid air with a wheel over a precipice – and that was having an ‘irate husband shouting instructions’ as well.

She continued: ”Get out”, huffed Clive, who appeared more angry than concerned. I tentatively undid my seatbelt and made my escape.’

Locals living near Ravenseat Farm, one of the most remote sheep farms in the UK, have claimed the couple have been leading separate lives for months.

Neighbours told MailOnline Mrs Owen had ‘got caught up in the spotlight’ of her Channel 5 programme leading to the split.

In her show she talked about appearances on BBC TV programme The One Show and Radio 2 hit The Jeremy Vine Show. She told how she and the children were put up in a penthouse in London’s Mayfair for a TV appearance.

Her husband was mentioned numerous times, including an incident when he had to rescue TV presenter Julia Bradbury while filming for her show.

But the conversation with host Peg Lancaster was mostly about her nine children and the farm animals.

Mrs Owen and her husband are parents to Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clemmie, five, and Nancy, four.

They first appeared on TV in ITV’s The Dales in 2011, but it was in 2018 that they started Our Yorkshire Farm. Mr Owen was married for 13 years before meeting Mrs Owen and has two daughters from his previous marriage.

In an interview with the Sunday Times at the weekend, Mrs Owen said that she and her husband still fancy each other after nine children.

She said: ‘Oh my God. What kind of a question is that? But yes. And I think he does me. In fact, I know that.’  

Mrs Owen will be on tour for most of November with appearances in Newcastle, Blackpool and Milton Keynes, with her latest book published today.

Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, 47, pictured, has revealed she finds fame invasive, but admits she capitalises on it 

Amanda runs Ravenseat farm with her husband Clive. She says hundreds of curious fans come to visit in hopes of catching a glimpse of her or her children

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