Mrs Brown’s Boys co-stars hid divorce from their children for almost a year

 Mrs Brown’s Boys co-stars hid divorce from their children for almost a year

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Fiona O’Carroll has been opening up about her split from Martin Delaney, her co-star on the BBC sitcom, after 15 years of marriage and four children together

Mrs Brown’s Boys co-stars Fiona O’Carroll and Martin Delaney hid their divorce from their children for almost a year

Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Fiona O’Carroll and Martin Delaney kept their divorce secret from their children for a year.

Fiona, who plays Maria Brown in the BBC sitcom, recently announced she and her co-star had parted ways after 15 years of marriage.

The actress and Martin – who plays Trevor Brown – share four children together from their time together since meeting as teenagers.

Fiona says she still has “a lot of love” for her ex-husband and no-one else was involved in the split.

The Irish star has also revealed that she and Martin delayed making their break-up public – even holding off from telling their children for a year.

Fiona O’Carroll has been opening up about her split from her childhood sweetheart
Fiona is the daughter of Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll and Doreen O’Carroll, who split in 1999 after 22 years of marriage.

A teen at the time of her parent’s break up, Fiona was conscious of the impact of her divorce on her three kids.

“For me, as a child, coming from a broken marriage, I didn’t want that for my kids,” she explained to the RTE Guide.

“But having said that, my parents are extremely happy now so sometimes you have to go through hard times to get to happier times and as much as I tried my best to make it work, we tried for years and it just got to that point where we both decided, or I decided, it was time.”

She continued: “I felt that I needed to be a role model for my kids and as much as they weren’t happy about us splitting up, they are OK actually, because with myself and Martin, our main focus is the kids and we didn’t actually tell the kids until we were almost a year separated.”

The actress admits her and Martin simply ‘grew apart’

The two stars share children Felix, 14, Eli, 12, Isaac, seven, and Dexter, six.

Three of the boys are on the autism spectrum and have high IQs but are impacted in ways such as interpreting social cues.

Fiona admitted it had been “difficult to explain to them” at first but the situation is now “normal”.

The newly single star resides in Ashbourne, Co Meath, while Martin lives in Portugal, but still stays in the home in Ireland when he visits.

The Maria Brown actress was a teenager when she met her now ex-husband
The now former couple first met when Fiona was just 16 – with the actress admitting Martin is “all [she’s] ever known”.

Discussing their break up, the mum-of-four revealed that there were “no major fights” and the divorce was simply a case of the two actors no longer “being on the same page”.

Despite splitting, Fiona states the co-parents are still on friendly terms now they’re no longer married.

“We co-parent very well and we always did; we just drifted as individuals and partners but we still get on,” she explained in her latest interview.

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