Chloe Madeley and James Haskell will be living apart after ending their marriage (Picture: Getty)
Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women on Friday (January 19), the daughter of TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan said it had been a positive move for the couple as they both feel ‘free and happy’.
Chloe also said the couple was still living together but that James would be moving out in the ‘next couple of weeks’.
‘I’m moving in for a week with Bodhi (their daughter) so she knows the environment, so she understands that she’s safe, we’re all there and we’re still a family unit, and then slowly I’ll just back out,’ she said.
Speaking about their split for the first time on television, Chloe had nothing but positive words to say about her estranged hubby.
Chloe and James will briefly live together with their daughter so she can adjust (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
‘We get on better now that they’re not romantically involved,’ she admitted.
‘I’m happier now than I’ve ever been, I wish people would stop writing online that that’s a dig at James because it’s not, he’s happy too.
‘Again, can we just stop painting so much drama on it, we’re both happy.
‘I’m happier than I’ve ever been, I’m full of energy, I feel like I’ve got rocket fuel every day.
‘It’s crazy that I didn’t realise that happiness and energy are completely intertwined, but evidently they are.’
She said she struggled last summer with the situation but felt more at peace once they had come to their conclusion.
Chloe admitted it ‘was really tough and it kind of broke me, but once we’d made the decision and we drew a line under it, it was done.’
The couple announced their split in October last year (Picture: Instagram)
Chloe is happier than ever following a turbulent few months (Picture: Instagram)
When they announced their separation publicly, the couple were starring in a ITV reality series, Chloe Madeley: A Family Affair, which offered an insight into their life as they became first-time parents.
At the time they said they they had not planned to reveal they had split in September, while the show was airing, but felt forced to announce the news due to ‘constant speculation’.
The exes announced the birth of their daughter in August 2022 by posting a photo of her hand on Instagram.
Discussing how they planned to co-parent, Chloe confessed that conversation was ‘part of the sadness’.
‘It was very much like, “Oh, we’re not going to have the family that we thought we were going to have. That’s not going to happen for us.”
‘But I did also think, she’s so little, it’s better now than to keep flogging a dead horse and give it five years.’
She also described her ex-husband as an ‘incredible dad’ and said they still ‘love and respect each other’ but now as friends rather than partners.
The daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan had her parents’ full support (Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Chloe and James were ‘sad’ to admit that their relationship was over, but knew it was for the best (Picture: Instagram)
Chloe proceeded to speak about how her famous parents, Richard and Judy, who also have a son, Jack, were there to support her through the split.
However, Richard told her that it’s ‘not my marriage’ and it had to be ‘her choice’ if she felt like it was ‘the end of the road’.
‘My mum was very like, “Are you sure? But make sure you’re sure about this”,’ she added of Judy’s reaction.
As for dating again, Chloe said that she is open to meeting someone else in the future but that she would only introduce ‘forever people’ to her daughter.
‘I desperately just want James to be happy, I want Bodhi to be happy and I want me to be happy.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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