Christine McGuinness and Paddy McGuinness are rumoured to be divorcing without gloves.
Christine, 35, and Paddy, 50, announced their separation in 2022, following 11 years of marriage and three children.
The TV stars have continued to live together since, although their young children are reportedly ignorant of their breakup.
However, things are becoming more serious.
Christine is said to have ‘had enough’, and Paddy expects the proceedings to be ‘expensive’.
A friend of Christine’s told MailOnline: ‘The gloves are off, she was good to Paddy, she stayed at home and brought up his children while he was out earning money.
‘It’s going to be an expensive divorce for Paddy.
‘Christine has had enough.’
Christine apparently engaged a top lawyer to represent her.
Catherine Bedford, popularly known as the ‘pitbull’, previously aided make-up artist Lisa Armstrong, who allegedly received £31 million during her divorce from broadcaster Ant McPartlin.
She is presently representing actress Sophie Turner in her public divorce from musician Joe Jonas.
A source told The Sun that Christine was keen to ‘work with a woman’ and she saw Catherine as ‘one of the best in the business’.
She hopes Catherine will assist the former Real Housewives of Cheshire star stay in the £4 million six-bedroom property she shares with the comedian.
The insider also stated that she had spent years pouring ‘hours of love, care, and attention’ into her home.
‘It would be heartbreaking to have to leave the property after all this time and uproot her life.
‘It’s already difficult enough to navigate a divorce without the stress of selling the property.’
Paddy has previously hinted that his breakup would cost him.
During an appearance on This Morning last month, the former Top Gear host was asked why he was returning to stand-up comedy and touring.
‘Errr… well, the money’s run out now, it’s taken about eight years to spend it all and I’m like, “Oh, I’ve got to build it back up”,’ he told host Emma Willis.
Christine has stated multiple times after their separation that she is not seeking for a new romance.
Christine had stated that she was ‘petrified’ of dating again, since her relationship with Paddy had been her sole source of stability.
Christine revealed on Vicky Pattison’s podcast The Secret To… in December that she and Paddy ‘speak an awful lot’ and is aware of his love life.
She shared: ‘We’re very open. He has said to me when he’s been going on a date.
‘We still live in the same house. But I think both of us right now, we’re very much in the same place, where we’re just, like, just don’t really know what to do or where to go.’
The mum-of-three continued: ‘We’ve been in this [relationship] for 16 years. I’ve been with him since I was 19, so my dating history before him was an absolute mess, then I’ve had this lovely long marriage.’
‘I kind of don’t really know where to go, where to start, and he’s the same, he’s very much the same,’ she confessed about moving on with someone new.
‘He’s tried it and he’s gone, “I’m not quite ready”.’
However, Paddy’s mysterious Instagram post fueled speculations that he was looking for a new relationship during Christmas.
Taking to Instagram, the TV actor shared a shot of ‘his and hers’ mugs without identifying a mystery woman or revealing who they belonged to.
Christine, who recently became the subject of suspicion that she was dating Chelcee Grimes, has revealed that dating again may be ‘easier’ for both her and Paddy after they no longer live together.