The couple, who married in 2018, confirmed today that they parted in September – after the personal trainer, 36, was seen without her wedding ring while the former rugby player, 38, was pictured with a mystery blonde outside a London nightspot.
In a joint update shared to Instagram, they announced: ‘Chloe and I mutually decided separate at the end of September, 2023.
‘We had not planned on releasing a statement at this time – certainly not while the television show was airing – but constant speculation about our marriage has, unfortunately, forced our hand.’
This month James has been spotted living it up on boys’ trips and hanging out with other women as his wife – the daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan became increasingly frustrated by his behaviour.
In episodes of ITVX series, Chloe Madeley: A Family Affair, the personal trainer expressed her anger at James, going as far as to claim she wants to ‘kill him’ over his antics.
James has come under fire for partying with beauties in Ibiza while Chloe remains at home caring for their 14-month-old daughter Bodhi.
His wife previously stuck by him when he mocked the disabled community and laughed about secretly filming his best friend having sex without either parties consent.
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Oh dear: While some are sceptical that the rows are no more more than a PR stunt for their new show, James, 38, has come under fire for his recent antics
Sharing X-rated snaps
Chloe’s ‘biggest row ever’ with James was caught on camera after she seethed at her husband for sharing X-rated photographs of other women.
The influencer accepted that being surrounded by bikini-clad women was part of his career now that the former rugby player has become a DJ, but didn’t want it splashed over social media.
Talking about their fallout, Chloe told The Sun: ‘One of the biggest row we’ve ever had was on camera.
‘It happened when he was in Ibiza and posted photos (on Instagram) of other girls’ a**es.
‘My argument was, ”I don’t mind that that is your job but I don’t want you putting it on social media when everyone knows I’m your wife,” explained Chloe.’
Documenting the job on his social media, James was surrounded by scantily-clothed women, leaving his wife who was back in the UK less than impressed.
After spotting the pictures, she said on the show: ‘He’s on Instagram uploading videos and photos of all these girls and I was like I will kill you. I will fly to Ibiza and kill you.
‘He posted videos of him with loads of girls in thongs ‘cos he thinks that it like makes him look cool on social media. I’m like you’re a k**b and you make me look like a k**b. Stop doing it.’
But she did admit: ‘But he loves it. He, honestly, at least he’s having fun. You know what I mean.’
Bikini babes! Chloe’s ‘biggest row ever’ with James was caught on camera after she seethed at her husband for sharing X-rated photographs of other women during his Ibiza DJ set
Mocking Chloe on camera
In one episode of their reality show, tempers flared when James mocked Chloe’s ‘heavy hands’.
After Chloe noted that their wardrobe doors were damaged, James asked her: ‘What have you done now?
‘It’s you with the heavy hands, isn’t it? You’ve got massive heavy hands. Every time you close the door on my car, I’m worried that it’s going to fall off.’
Losing her cool, Chloe snapped back: ‘Wasn’t a huge part of the reason you got voted off I’m A Celebrity because of your big fat fingers?
‘You f****d up the challenge and then you got so frustrated that you yelled at Ant and Dec and that’s where you lost the viewers.
‘And this is our marriage. That scene is our marriage. It’s you getting frustrated with something that’s got f*** all to do with me and then yelling at me, thinking it’s my fault because I am the closest person to you at that time.
‘And this is why I want to kill you, which is what we were talking about earlier… So annoying. The world’s most annoying man.’
Oh dear: In one episode of their reality show, tempers flared when James mocked Chloe’s ‘heavy hands’ and accused her of breaking their wardrobe
Cosy: Tongues were set wagging about the state of James’ marriage after he was seen cosying up to a blonde PR executive last week
Getting cosy with other women
Tongues were set wagging about the state of James’ marriage after he was seen cosying up to a blonde PR executive last week.
The former England rugby star was seen outside the popular London celebrity bar Chiltern Firehouse deep in conversation with Martine Bridge – a regular in the society pages of Tatler magazine.
He was seen whispering into Martine’s ear at 1.30am. After the picture emerged, the sportsman claimed it was only a friendly interaction.
However, since then both James and Chloe have been seen out on several occasions without their wedding rings.
Ditching his wedding ring
Days after he denied any wrongdoing on his night out with Martine, James stepped out without his wedding ring.
James looked solemn as he pushed his daughter down the street as he stepped out in the wake of Chloe’s two outings without her ring – one of which saw her ditch the jewellery for a girls’ night out over the weekend.
As James stepped out without a ring, Chloe shared a cryptic quote from writer Franz Kafka which read: ‘I was ashamed of myself when I realised that life was a costume party, and I attended with my real face.’
Missing something? Days after he denied any wrongdoing on his night out with Martine, James stepped out without his wedding ring
Living it up on boys’ trips
James didn’t have a care in the world as he let loose at the Rugby World Cup in Paris, after denying that he had done anything wrong when pictures emerged of him looking close with a mystery blonde on a night out.
The former professional rugby player shared pictures from his wild weekend as he stripped off and swung his shirt above his head during England’s quarter-final game against Fiji on Saturday night.
In another video, James was joined by Zara Tindall as he danced and sang along to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline in the stands.
He then enjoyed a boozy night out with pals in the French capital as he attended the Blackeye Dry Gin party, a company that he co-founded.
The sportsman helped to pour out some gin and tonics at the event while watching England take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup.
Celebrations: James didn’t have a care in the world as he let loose at the Rugby World Cup in Paris after denying he had done anything wrong over pictures of him with Martine
Taking a ‘working holiday’
James revealed he had ‘a few arguments’ with Chloe after extending his DJing trip in Ibiza.
Speaking to Unfiltered, he revealed his wife thinks his jaunts to Ibiza are a ‘holiday’ for him and was furious when he extended his work trip by a few days, while she cared for their daughter Bodhi at home.
James admitted: ‘My wife thinks DJing in Ibiza is a holiday – it’s work. We’ve had a few arguments about it. I mean she’s very supportive but kind of extending your trip for a few extra days is probably taking the p*** a little bit.’
The retired athlete said while Chloe was annoyed, the trip had to be extended as ‘I have to do an interview with you guys and I’ve got a boat trip later’.
He added: ‘It’s work but it’s fun. That’s why everyone needs to be a DJ really.’
James turned to DJing because he’s a ‘massive attention seeker’.
‘Everything is around performing. I’m a massive attention seeker and I really enjoy performing, none of my work feels like work. The DJing is music and performing, it’s a transition from rugby,’ he said.
‘If I could do only one thing moving forward it would be DJing, but it’s a tough nut to crack obviously.’
Solo parenting: James revealed he had ‘a few arguments’ with Chloe after extending his DJing trip in Ibiza while she cared for their daughter Bodhi at home