Hairy Bikers star Si King has split from his fiancé who he was set to marry this year, according to reports.

The foodie was in a long-distance relationship with Australian cook Michele Cranston, and the pair had been flying to and from Australia once a month after meeting in 2018 while filming Down Under.

The 54-year-old presenter has said in the past that he was planning a permanent move out to Australia at some point, reports the Mirror.

Si has also previously blamed the breakdown of his first marriage, to Jane, on the pressures of his busy career and his lengthy absences from home.

“We lost each other,” he said in 2016. “Jane was focused on the family and I was focused on work.”

Si's long-time co-star Dave Myers has been married to Romanian-born Liliana Orzac since 2011.

Both of the Hairy Bikers will be back on BBC 2 tonight (Thursday September 23) with The Hairy Bikers Go North.

The duo’s new eight-part series will see them travel from the west coast to the east in the north of England.

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They begin their journey in Lancashire and then travel through Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, The Peak District in Derbyshire, and finally Tyne & Wear.

Dave said: “This series was a bit of a love letter to ourselves, it was quite important to us. We haven’t filmed in the UK for ten years so it was quite important to us. And it was even more pertinent because of Covid.”

Si also spoke of his delight at becoming a grandad.

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“It was fantastic. She is an absolute joy… I am completely smitten. It’s very odd.”

Of the new show, he added: “It’s a lovely nostalgic series. It's the landscape and the food that has defined us.”

Their shows have been a huge hit for the BBC, and they have created more than 20 successful cookbooks as well as a range of low-fat sauces and their own diet club.

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