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Alan Carr looks straight-faced as he's seen for first time since split from husband Paul Drayton


Alan Carr looked downcast as heventured out for the first time since confirming his split from husband Paul Drayton on Sunday.

The comedian, 45, still had his wedding ring on as he went out for a walk in Southend, Essex after visiting a local coffee shop. 

Former chat show host Alan wrapped up warm in a bright red coat with a faux fur trim around the hood.

Stepping out: Alan Carr, 45, looked straight-faced as he was seen for the first time since his split from husband Paul Drayton on Sunday

Stepping out: Alan Carr, 45, looked straight-faced as he was seen for the first time since his split from husband Paul Drayton on Sunday

He wore a pair of green tracksuit bottoms and a pair of comfortable trainers while holding his coffee cup in his hand.

The star protected himself from the cool January weather by wearing a bobble hat and he headed out on the pier to take enjoy a sea view on his outing.

Funnyman Alan and his party planner partner husband, 50, announced their separation on Friday.

Moving on: Funnyman Alan and his party planner partner husband, 50, announced they had split on Friday (pictured 2012)

Moving on: Funnyman Alan and his party planner partner husband, 50, announced they had split on Friday (pictured 2012)

A spokesperson said in a statement: ‘After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce they are separating.

‘They have jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go their separate ways. We request that their privacy is respected at this sensitive time.’

Paul then posted on Instagram that he is currently in rehab for alcoholism, after a ‘challenging couple of years’ which saw him plead guilty last November to a drink-driving charge.  

Cosy: Former chat show host Alan wrapped up warm in a bright red coat with a faux fur trim around the hood

Own company: The comedian had his wedding ring on as he went out for a walk in Southend, Essex after getting a coffee

Own company: The comedian had his wedding ring on as he went out for a walk in Southend, Essex after getting a coffee

Keeping it casual: He wore a pair of green tracksuit bottoms and a pair of comfortable trainers while holding his coffee cup in his hand

Keeping it casual: He wore a pair of green tracksuit bottoms and a pair of comfortable trainers while holding his coffee cup in his hand

He explained he had ‘proactively’ checked himself into rehab at the beginning of the year to seek help for his ongoing battle with the illness. 

‘It is with great sadness that I share the news that Alan and I have jointly decided to end our marriage,’ he wrote under a sunset photo with a heart drawn on top..

‘This decision has been very difficult for us both and we part ways with great memories and continued love and friendship for each other as we go our separate ways.  

All wrapped up: The star protected himself from the cool January weather by wearing a bobble hat and he headed out on the pier to take enjoy a sea view on his outing

Speaking out: A spokesperson said on Friday: 'After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce they are separating'

All wrapped up: The star protected himself from the cool January weather by wearing a bobble hat and he headed out on the pier to take enjoy a sea view on his outing

Honest: They added: 'They have jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go their separate ways. We request that their privacy is respected at this sensitive time'

Honest: They added: ‘They have jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go their separate ways. We request that their privacy is respected at this sensitive time’

‘As part of my own journey, I proactively checked myself into a rehabilitation facility at the turn of the new year in order to get the help and support I need during this challenging time.’

‘This was not an easy step to take, but I know it is the right one going forward. These last couple of years have been challenging to say the least, as they have been for so many others. But I remain deeply committed to my journey of sobriety and strength.

‘We ask for privacy during this challenging time, but I thank you all for your kindness and support. Peace and love.’ He ended the post by sharing the hashtags: ‘#sobriety #sometimesthehardestdecisionsaretherightones #newchapters #looktothefuture.’  

Making changes: Alan's partner Paul wrote on Instagram after the split was announced that he had checked into rehab to tackle alcoholism

Making changes: Alan’s partner Paul wrote on Instagram after the split was announced that he had checked into rehab to tackle alcoholism

Support: Alan is now being comforted by close friend Adele, whom he supported during her high-profile divorce from Simon Konecki

Support: Alan is now being comforted by close friend Adele, whom he supported during her high-profile divorce from Simon Konecki

A court case in November saw Paul plead guilty at Brighton Magistrates to a drink-driving charge after getting behind the wheel while four times over the legal limit.

He was warned that he faces jail by a judge who told him it was a ‘miracle’ no one was killed.   

Paul was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, while in his Mitsubishi 4×4 in West Sussex, just three miles from the £2.7 million home he shares with Alan.  

Troubles: A court case in November saw Alan's partner Paul plead guilty at Brighton Magistrates to a drink-driving charge after getting behind the wheel while four times the limit

Tensions: Paul was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram

Troubles: A court case in November saw Alan’s partner Paul plead guilty at Brighton Magistrates to a drink-driving charge after getting behind the wheel while four times the limit

Tough times: In August 2021 Paul shared a photo of himself with a black eye on Instagram and told a fan 'we had a bad row,' before removing it within an hour

Tough times: In August 2021 Paul shared a photo of himself with a black eye on Instagram and told a fan ‘we had a bad row,’ before removing it within an hour

In August 2021 Paul shared a photo of himself with a black eye on Instagram and told a fan ‘we had a bad row,’ before removing it within an hour.

The next day he insisted the comedian ‘has never hit me,’ writing on social media: ‘I’m feeling very fragile at the minute and would like to say that Alan would not and has never hit me. And I’m devastated that he has to deal with this today.’ 

Alan confirmed in a statement shortly after his husband posted the black eye image the injury was a result of him ‘being back on the wagon’ and he had not been involved in the incident. 

Clearing up: The next day he insisted the Alan 'has never hit me,' writing online: 'I'm feeling very fragile at the minute and would like to say that Alan would not and has never hit me'

Clearing up: The next day he insisted the Alan ‘has never hit me,’ writing online: ‘I’m feeling very fragile at the minute and would like to say that Alan would not and has never hit me’

By the seaside: Alan was later seen walking about Southend's pier after walking through town with his coffee

By the seaside: Alan was later seen walking about Southend’s pier after walking through town with his coffee

Landmark: The pier which stretches right out to sea features a walkway and a train to take visitors to the end

Landmark: The pier which stretches right out to sea features a walkway and a train to take visitors to the end

Alan said he was trying to get his husband the ‘help he needs’ after he started drinking again.

The comedian told how his significant other ‘fell off the wagon’ while Alan was away filming in Wales, but that he was working with Paul to help him.

The chat show host said: ‘While I was away filming on location the past few weeks, Paul fell off the wagon and started drinking again. When I arrived back home from Wales, Paul was covered in scratches and bruises from a drinking binge. 

Split: Alan Carr and his husband Paul Drayton are separating after 13 years together and three years of marriage (Paul and Alan pictured in 2019)

Split: Alan Carr and his husband Paul Drayton are separating after 13 years together and three years of marriage (Paul and Alan pictured in 2019) 

'Sobriety': Paul shared his own statement on Instagram, explaining that he 'proactively' checked himself into rehab at the beginning of 2022 to seek help for  alcoholism

‘Sobriety’: Paul shared his own statement on Instagram, explaining that he ‘proactively’ checked himself into rehab at the beginning of 2022 to seek help for  alcoholism

‘We are now working together to get the help he needs to get better which is our number one priority right now.’ 

An insider has told MailOnline that the couple’s relationship never recovered after the incident.

Alan is said to have believed Paul’s Instagram post risked ruining his career and close friends of the chat show host feel that was the ‘final straw’ in their rocky relationship which strained due to Paul’s booze problems.

The star is now being comforted by close friend Adele, whom he supported during her high-profile divorce from Simon Konecki.

Television star Alan and Paul were married by Adele at her Californian home in 2018, with the singer paying for their special day as a gift. 

Wedding: The wedding, which Adele paid for, took place at the singer's California home and the star got ordained for the occasion, sharing a photo of herself in front of a huge flower wall

Wedding: The wedding, which Adele paid for, took place at the singer’s California home and the star got ordained for the occasion, sharing a photo of herself in front of a huge flower wall

Rehab stints, lockdown temptations and a drink-drive charge: Paul Drayton’s battle with alcohol

2016 

Alan speaks out on Paul’s battle with booze for the first time, writing in his book Alanatomy that he began drinking more heavily after injuring his back in 2015. 

Paul and Alan in November 2018 following Paul's rehab stint earlier that year

Paul and Alan in November 2018 following Paul’s rehab stint earlier that year

‘It’s horrible when you realise how bad it’s got. You’re watching someone kill themselves,’ the star writes.

‘I wanted to leave him. It’s the lies that get you – the, ‘Oh I’ll never drink again’. And then you go out, realise you’ve forgotten your car keys, go back and… [Paul would be drinking.]

‘I couldn’t cope, because when I left the house, I didn’t know if he was going to have a fall, or put something on the hob and fall asleep. He was grey and shuffling around. It was like watching someone die.’

January 2018

Shortly after Alan and Paul return from their Mexico honeymoon, Paul checks himself into a rehab facility. 

March 30 2020

Paul reveals he has gone 650 days without having a drink, posting on Instagram at the beginning of the first coronavirus lockdown: ‘Believe me I’m really tempted to have a few. Even if it’s Just to alleviate the bloody boredom! I wake up the next day so grateful I didn’t.’

August 2020 

Alan reveals lockdown has tempted his teetotal husband to start drinking again. ‘It’s been tough for Paul during lockdown. He’s been saying, ”Oh, shall we get a bottle?” and I say, ”No, we’re not getting any rosé wine in”. He’s been so good and I’m so proud of him,’the comedian says.

August 2021 

Drayton pictured at his court hearing dor drink-driving in November 2021

Drayton pictured at his court hearing dor drink-driving in November 2021

Paul shares a photo of himself with a black eye on Instagram and tells a fan ‘we had a bad row,’ before removing it within an hour.

The next day he insists Alan ‘has never hit me,’ writing on social media: ‘I’m feeling very fragile at the minute and would like to say that Alan would not and has never hit me. And I’m devastated that he has to deal with this today.’ 

Alan confirms in a statement shortly after his husband posted the black eye image the injury was a result of him ‘being back on the wagon’. 

September 2021  

Alan explains that he had given up alcohol to help his husband stay sober,  revealing he had six months off that spanned Christmas and New Year but he had since returned to drinking.

‘It was the worst f****ing Christmas I’ve ever had. And my mother didn’t help by offering him a Bailey’s and going: ‘It’s only Bailey’s – what’s the worst that can happen!” Alan says of Paul.

November 2021

Paul pleads guilty at Brighton Magistrates to a drink-driving charge after getting behind the wheel while four times over the legal limit. He is warned that he faces jail by a judge who tells him it was a ‘miracle’ no one was killed.

Paul was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, while in his Mitsubishi 4×4 in West Sussex, just three miles from the £2.7 million home he shares with Alan.

Originally, he denied the charge. 

Paul shares a post on NYD 2022 admitting 2021 had been full of 'ups and downs'

Paul shares a post on NYD 2022 admitting 2021 had been full of ‘ups and downs’

January 1 2022

Paul shares a lengthy Instagram post on January 1, admitting 2021 had been full of ‘ups and downs’ as he apologises for hurting his loved ones. Paul says he takes ‘full responsibility for my actions and am sorry for any hurt I’ve caused at times when I was not myself’.

 January 21 2022

The couple confirm they have separated and are divorcing after 13 years together. Paul shares his own statement on Instagram explaining that he checked himself into rehab at the beginning of the year ‘in order to get the help and support I need during this challenging time.’

 

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