Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has reportedly split from Stephanie Gouveia, who is 21 years his junior.
Stephanie, 35, is the mother of Heston’s youngest child who was born in 2018. At the time of the tot's arrival, the pair didn’t share any further information regarding their baby’s name or gender.
The chef’s spokesman announced: “I can confirm Heston and Stephanie had a child at the end of last year, but we won’t be giving any further information.”
Heston, 56, also shares three adult children with his ex-wife, Zanna.
Heston and Stephanie were said to have wed in 2018, but it’s since come to light in the wake of the news of their split that the pair were never legally married.
“Heston and Stephanie actually split up some time ago,” a friend said of the breakdown of their relationship.
They added to Mail Online: “Despite all the reports at the time, they were never married.”
A representative for Stephanie has also gone on to confirm that her marriage to the celebrity chef wasn’t legally recognised.
“Marriage should be recognised by legal authorities. This wasn't. What happened does not constitute a marriage in a legally binding sense,” they shared.
Stephanie and Heston were reported to have wed in an impromptu ceremony in the Maldives in 2018.
OK! have contacted Heston’s representatives for comment.
The news of their alleged split comes after reports that Heston and Stephanie’s relationship hit a rough patch shortly after the arrival of their child.
“Heston has been dealing with a lot of problems at the moment,” a source told The Sun at the time.
“He’s going through a rough time with Stephanie and things haven’t been good between other members of his family.
“Heston has spent some time on his own recently, trying to straighten things out.”
His relationship with French real estate agent Stephanie followed his 28 year long marriage to his ex-wife Zanna.
Heston and Zanna met as teenagers and married in 1989. They officially ended their union in court in April 2017.
Prior to his split from Zanna, Heston heaped praise on the mother of his three children for supporting him with his career and his expansive restaurant business.
He told Woman & Home several years ago: "Zanna is the biggest reason for the success of the restaurant. She has been the one doing the sacrificing in order to support what I wanted to do."
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