Monday 22 December 2014

Natasha Hamilton's marriage ends

Published 29/07/2013 | 15:34

Natasha Hamilton admitted she and husband Riad Erraji didn't spend enough time together
Natasha Hamilton admitted she and husband Riad Erraji didn't spend enough time together

Natasha Hamilton has opened up about her split from husband Riad Erraji.

The Atomic Kitten singer told the Daily Mirror she and husband of six years Riad had fallen out of love after putting everything else before their relationship.

She said: "When I took my wedding vows I thought it would be forever but somehow over the last year we have just fallen out of love and, no matter how hard we try, we can't get it back.

"There's no drink or drugs or anyone else involved. We've just grown apart and that's the devastating thing. In a way that would be easier. Then there would at least be a solid reason why it ended.

"Riad is a great dad and he's still the love of my life. I'm just so incredibly sad."

Natasha, who says her bandmates have been supporting her, spoke about her disappointment that the marriage hadn't worked.

"I loved being part of a family unit. It was something I was good at and took immense pride in but somewhere along the line Riad and I lost each other. I feel a failure. My parents have been married for 35 years and that's what I wanted for myself."

The couple have a three-year-old son, Alfie, and Natasha has two other sons, Josh, 10 and Harry, eight.

Talking about work commitments with The Big Reunion and a panto role, she said: "Life and the kids had got in the way of our relationship. We'd stopped having things like date nights... Finally at Christmas, we sat down at the kitchen table and admitted there was a problem.

"Since then we've been trying to decipher why it wasn't working and the conclusion is that we just didn't put in enough time for us. Everything else came before us as a couple."

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