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Fans of hit TV show Our Yorkshire Farm will know Amanda and Clive Owen and their children as the perfect family unit.
Viewers tune in to watch the couple raise their nine children, three boys and six girls aged four to 20, as they navigate life on Ravenseat Farm.
However, Clive already had two daughters when he met Amanda, one of whom has revealed her side of the story.
She says she was left ‘scarred’ by a family rift that’s left her hardly on speaking terms with her dad and stepmum Amanda.
She adds: “Millions tune in to see this idyllic farm on the TV but they don’t know the heartache behind it.”
Rosie Owen says that her family was torn apart following her parents split which prompted her mum to leave the farm.
Her mother left, taking Rosie, then nine, and her 11-year-old brother to live 25 minutes away in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.
Her dad met Amanda shortly later when she began working on the farm age 21.
Rosie says she found a Valentine’s Day card signed “Love, Amanda” in her dad's car.
The now 34 year old remembers the first time she met Amanda during a weekend visit to her Dad at the farm.
The barmaid told The Sun: “She was sitting in the kitchen with my mother, talking. I can’t remember what they were talking about. I think my mother introduced me to her and I thought, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful’. She was quite pleasant, said hello and off she went. They weren’t arguing.”
Rosie was 13 when Clive and Amanda married in 2000, and the couple asked her to be a bridesmaid.
But Rosie says: “On the eve of the wedding I started crying because I was worried about losing my dad. It was awful. I used to feel really self-conscious, thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? What have I done? Am I saying and doing the right things?’”
She added: “It feels like my childhood disappeared. My childhood home has been completely taken away from me.”
After the wedding, Rosie says she visited the farm less often and now has hardly any contact with her Dad, who is also rarely seen by her two children who do not call him Grandad.
In July 2018 Rosie married a factory worker and they now share a rented home together in Kirkby Stephen with her children.
Clive walked her down the aisle but had to leave before the reception so did not give a speech.
Rosie struggles to watch the family on Channel 5, admitting: “I attempted to watch the show the first few times but I lasted about five minutes and ended up in tears.
“So I switched off and have never watched anything since. I immediately turn it over. It breaks my heart because it is like watching a past that I haven’t been in for years. It’s like a family that I’d love to belong to but I just don’t.”
However, Rosie now says that she would love to reconnect with her dad and life on the farm.
She says: “I miss it dearly. I wish I could reconnect with the place, I really do.”
“Obviously I’d like to be involved in my dad’s life again but I can’t see it happening. There’s a lot of hurt and anger and disappointment.
“It feels a faraway dream that I could go and see my brothers and sisters at Ravenseat.”
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