It has been reported that Jason Byrne has split up from his wife of 14 years, Brenda.

A friend of the couple told the Mail on Sunday that they broke up some time ago and he has moved out of their family home.

They said: “Jason is a loving father but I suppose, one of the downfalls of his success as a comic is that he is away a lot.

“He could be in Australia for a month at a time. That is difficult for anyone and I suppose, the marriage suffered. The break-up is as amicable as it can be for the sake of the children.”

“Both Jason and Brenda are devastated but they are adults and just trying to make the best of a bad situation. Look, it is very sad and they just want to get on with their lives but they just don’t want to talk about it.”

“Brenda never courted the public life and left that side of things to Jason. She hopes to be afforded the privacy to continue on like that.”

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