Amand Owen was a 21-year-old shepherd intern when she first knocked on the door of 42-year-old farmer Clive Owen.
The love story of the Our Yokshire Farm stars began in 1995 when Amanda was looking for a ram – and came across Ravenseat Farm in Upper Swaledale.
Clive, who is divorced from his first wife and has two children from their marriage, was running the farm alone when Amanda suddenly showed up one night.
Describing the first time they met on her popular Channel 5 series, Amanda explained that she had come to a “tup” cave, which is a ram to those not used to farming.
While it certainly wasn’t love at first for Amanda, divorced singleton Clive was instantly attracted to the young woman standing on his doorstep despite his 21-year age gap. surname.
“I remember this six-foot-tall woman knocking on the door. I liked her so much. You couldn’t help but be like that,” he said.
Amanda had previously joked that he shouldn’t have answered the door, but if he hadn’t, their romance wouldn’t have blossomed.
They start out as friends but stick together because of their shared passion for farming life and it eventually grows into much more.
“It was a slow thing we got to know each other,” Amanda said. “Be friends first, then hang out a bit.”
“With both of us from non-farm backgrounds, we really were like beans in a pod but we didn’t know it at the time.”
Just five years after meeting, the loving couple got married in 2000 and have since had nine children together – Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles and Sidney.
Sadly, it was announced on Instagram today that the couple has decided to part ways after 22 years of marriage.
“This has not been easy, but we both believe it is the right choice for our family’s future,” Amanda wrote in a statement signed by both.
“Although we are no longer a couple, we continue to work on the farm and co-parent with our number one priority being the well-being and health of our children.”
Amanda and Clive thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this “difficult time”.
There have been rumors that the couple has been going through a rough time in their marriage for most of this year with stories claiming the pair are on the rocks.
Together they have come a long way over the years – with their paths converging after very different life beginnings.
Growing up in Huddersfield, Amanda tried to enter the modeling world as a teenager but found it wasn’t all she dreamed of.
“When you think you’re going to be a model at Vogue, Cosmopolitan, but actually you end up doing crochet catalogs and stuff like that. It’s shirts, flowers, Prince Diana 1980. No, thanks,” she explained.
Later, Amanda was inspired to participate in farmer life through a book filled with beautiful pictures of landscapes and animals.
Realizing she wanted a job where she could feel the elements and blend in with nature, she gave up her modeling career.
While Doncaster-born Clive dreamed of becoming a shepherd early on, he says he “caught the bug” when he was just eight years old.
Clive was previously married and had two children with his first wife, but their relationship didn’t last and he was still single when he first met Amanda in 1995.
He said that there was no doubt he would become a shepherd farmer and their shared love of the way of life drew them together.
Just 5 years after meeting, they married in 2000 and are now the parents of 9 children, all of whom help manage their 2,000 acres, home to 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, 6 dog and 4 ponies.
Running the farm is definitely a family affair as the kids are all involved to ease the workload, helping to run the 2,000-acre inheritance home to 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, and six cows. dog and four ponies.
Although their lives may seem chaotic, parents always say they are very focused on what they need to realize and realize a lot depends on them, not just the kids.
Explaining why all the kids were involved in helping out, Amanda said: “We all have to work together as a family. I really don’t feel like it’s a bad lesson. Here’s the thing. It has to happen and we all need to do it.”
“I don’t feel like it’s kind of ‘raising your own workforce’ because it’s not. The reality is you have to be involved and have that responsibility and be a part of something. I think that’s it. is a good thing.
Clive added: “I always think when we’re at work, the kids love to be a part of something. It’s lovely when they’re around and ready to help. I miss them when they’re at school. When they are.” Certainly at home it makes a difference. “
Amanda gave birth to her six children by the roadside because she couldn’t get to the hospital in time, so in the end decided to stay home as the best option.
“I’m so fed up with ruining everyone’s picnics and all the rest,” she told Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary’s Morning host last month.
“So, I thought it was right, I’ll go alone this time.”
But Clive missed the birth of their eighth child, daughter Clemmie, as he had seen Amanda welcome their six children into the world and “didn’t particularly mind”.
“I put the kettle on, set it on fire and basically had her stand in front of the fire with just a hound as a breeding partner, which was perfect,” she admitted.
Amanda bravely went on alone and gave birth in front of the fire with only her pet dog to support while Clive was sleeping upstairs.
“Clive wasn’t desperate when he was about to give birth, he was sleeping upstairs. I went and woke him up with the baby,” she told Radio Times.
“Of all the births I’ve been through, this one has to be the best – it was the most relaxing, the quietest, the most peaceful birth.”
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