Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes split because 'controlling' singer wouldn't let her have nights our with Corrie cast without him

The couple called time on their six-year romance yesterday, announcing their split on social media claiming they “remain the best of friends.”

But sources close to the pair told The Sun the real reason behind their separation was the former Pop Idol star’s refusal to let Faye socialise with her Corrie co-stars without him, which led to constant rows.

An insider said: “At certain points in their relationship Gareth was very controlling.

“He wasn’t always happy with Faye going on nights out with her friends from work without him which inevitably led to arguments between them.

“Gareth doesn’t always have a busy schedule like Faye and can get bored when he’s left to his own devices – and it’s during these times he would feel the need to call her phone more often.

“A lot of Faye’s co-stars on Coronation Street have been concerned for her in the lead up to their split and are pleased she has been able to move on now.”

A spokesman for Gareth said: “At this time they don’t wish to disclose the personal reasons why.

“Faye and Gareth remain the best of friends and hopefully after some time apart they’ll be clearer on what the future holds for them.”

In a statement posted to Twitter Gareth said on behalf of the couple: “@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.”

Faye, who plays Kate Connor in Corrie, met Gareth in 2012 while the pair played onstage lovers in the UK tour of Legally Blonde the Musical.

Their split is the latest in a long line of setbacks for Gareth, who has been unable to save failing pop career, opting for gigs at local pubs and bingo halls instead.

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