Faye Brookes and Gareth Gates split
17 September 2018 - 3:00 PM

Faye Brookes and Gareth Gates split

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Faye Brookes and Gareth Gates have split up.

The "Coronation Street" star has confirmed she and the singer - who met in 2012 when they played lovers on the UK tour of "Legally Blonde The Musical" - are "taking some time apart", but admitted the pair remain the "very best of friends".

She wrote on Twitter: "Unfortunately @Gareth_Gates and I are choosing to take some time apart. We remain the very best of friends. We'd like to Thank you for all your support over the years x (sic)"

In a similar message, Gareth tweeted: "Unfortunately @Faye_Brookes and I are choosing to take some time apart. We remain the very best of friends. We'd like to Thank you for all your support over the years x (sic)"

Earlier this year, Faye admitted the 34-year-old star - who shot to fame in 2001 when he was the runner-up in the first series of the ITV talent show "Pop Idol" - was always surprising her in their relationship.

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She said: "I talk about it all the time but Gareth loves to surprise me. He goes big or goes home".

Last year, Faye - who plays Kate Connor in the ITV soap - said she wanted to spend the "rest of [her] life" with Gareth.

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She said: "We've talked about it. And that day will come, I'm sure of it, but that's not for now. "Every Valentine's Day the conversation comes up. I'm like: "Listen, I'm totally career-driven," and he knows that.

"I've found the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with and if he does propose, then it's going be a complete surprise."

The 31-year-old actress has previously described Gareth as her "best friend" and credited him with allowing her to "not take life too seriously".

She added: "It was a real fairy tale - I totally believe in fate and that he was meant to walk into my life for a reason. He became my best friend and it blossomed into us becoming this unbelievable duo.

"He was the one person who allowed me to let my guard down - for me to be silly, laugh at myself and not take life too seriously."

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