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It's over: Katie Price confirms splits from Alex Reid 11 months after tying the knot

19 JANUARY 2011

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Katie Price has announced her separation from husband Alex Reid after less than a year of marriage.

In a lengthy statement released on Tuesday, the 32-year-old model conceded that she had married the cage fighter "too quickly", saying that Alex had "changed from the man I fell in love with".

"Alex and I have had a number of difficulties over the past few months," added the mum-of-three. "Our difficulties were not helped by Alex becoming more fascinated by life in the media eye."

Katie also confirmed that the couple had been due to announce their split on Sunday – but said the Celebrity Big Brother winner had asked for more time to think. She went on to suggest it was Alex's subsequent behaviour that had sealed the couple's fate.

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"The intervening period (since Sunday) has, however, seen a number of false stories appear and photographs of Alex with my son Junior in the gym," she said.

"Alex is fully aware that I have sought to remove my children from the public eye. I feel incredibly let down he did this while asking for more time to discuss our relationship.

"I had hoped that Alex and I could remain friends – but I am not sure that is possible given events."

Katie – who has since thanked fans on Twitter for their "support at this dark time" – also confirmed that she has "asked Alex to leave the family home" and that "he will not do so".

On Tuesday morning, Alex was seen unpacking boxes and belongings at what is thought to be his parents' house, but was later photographed returning to the Surrey mansion he shared with Katie.

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And earlier this week, Alex revealed in his magazine column - published on Tuesday – that he was still wearing his wedding ring.

"Maybe I'm a hopeless romantic, but there you go… I want to work on our marriage. Maybe I am an optimist, but I believe in doing the honourable thing."

In recent weeks there has been much speculation about the state of Katie and Alex's relationship. A few weeks ago, they went on a 'make or break' holiday in the Maldives, but upon their return, the glamour model told her followers on Twitter that reports her marriage was "in crisis" were true.

Katie and Alex, 35, started dating months after she split from Peter Andre in May 2009. Within weeks, he had moved into her Surrey home and began forging a relationship with her children.

They split briefly in November when Katie dumped Alex on live TV during I'm A Celebrity… but weeks later the couple reconciled.

Shortly after Alex's win on Celebrity Big Brother, they flew to Las Vegas where they wed on February 2, 2010 after seven months of dating, followed by a blessing at their home in July (pictured).

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