The Chase Star Mark Labbett, 56, Breaks Up with TV Presenter Hayley Palmer, 42, One Week After Their One-Year Anniversary, Citing 14-Year Age Gap as the Reason

The Chase star Mark Labbett has split from his television presenter girlfriend Hayley Palmer after one year together.

Quizzer Mark, 58, and 42-year-old Sky Entertainment reporter Hayley marked their one year anniversary on social media a week ago but he has now claimed there is too much of an age gap between the pair.

Confirming news of their break-up on her Instagram Stories on Saturday, Haley wrote: ‘It is with regret I announce that myself and Mark have gone our separate ways.

‘We had the best year together and I truly wish him all the best for the future.’

She added: ‘Off I go to listen to Taylor Swift,’ with a broken heart emoji.

The Chase star Mark Labbett has split from his television presenter girlfriend Hayley Palmer after one year together

The Chase star Mark Labbett has split from his television presenter girlfriend Hayley Palmer after one year together

Quizzer Mark, 58, and 42-year-old Sky Entertainment reporter Hayley marked their one year anniversary on social media a week ago

Quizzer Mark, 58, and 42-year-old Sky Entertainment reporter Hayley marked their one year anniversary on social media a week ago

Confirming news of their break-up on her Instagram Stories on Saturday, Haley wrote: 'It is with regret I announce that myself and Mark have gone our separate ways'

Confirming news of their break-up on her Instagram Stories on Saturday, Haley wrote: ‘It is with regret I announce that myself and Mark have gone our separate ways’

A source told The Sun: ‘Mark had a lovely time with Hayley and has a lot of respect for her but they wanted different things.

‘She loves getting dressed up and going out to parties and showbiz events, whereas he prefers to stay at home.

‘Mark felt there was too much of an age gap between them for long-term success. They are still friendly.

‘Away from his job on telly and filming, Mark enjoys a quiet life and spending time with his son. He is still hopeful he can meet someone to settle down with one day.’

Mark, known as The Beast on The Chase, and Hayley spoke about their one year anniversary during an appearance on Loose Women earlier this month.

The pair, who met through their work, said the fact they didn’t see each other too often meant they felt their bond was stronger.

He said: ‘Because we live quite a bit apart – I live up in Sheffield, Rotherham, she’s a Chelsea girl – we tend to look at our diaries and see if we can sync up together.

‘The good news is we see each other every few weeks, but we make the most of it when we’re together so we get the best of both worlds.’

Prior to their anniversary celebrations this month Mark spoke to The Sun about what he had planned for their date on the special day

Prior to their anniversary celebrations this month Mark spoke to The Sun about what he had planned for their date on the special day

He said: 'We found a bench in a peaceful spot by the beach and spent hours talking and getting to know each other, so we¿ve decided to go back to celebrate our anniversary'

He said: ‘We found a bench in a peaceful spot by the beach and spent hours talking and getting to know each other, so we’ve decided to go back to celebrate our anniversary’

The Chase’s Mark Labbett reveals secret to happy relationship

Hayley added: ‘The good news is we see each other every few weeks, but we make the most of it when we’re together so we get the best of both worlds.

‘We don’t see each other and then I’m like: “Actually, we’re really looking forward to coming together…”‘

Hayley playfully elbowed Mark before finishing: ‘…And not sharing our chips!’ And the audience roared with laughter.’

Prior to their anniversary celebrations Mark spoke to The Sun about what he had planned for their date on the special day.

He said: ‘We found a bench in a peaceful spot by the beach and spent hours talking and getting to know each other, so we’ve decided to go back to celebrate our anniversary.

‘As luck would have it, there’s a rather nice Beefeater near to where her parents live. They already know Hayley’s order — nachos and chips.’

Hayley said at the time she could not wait for the date and would make their anniversary ‘last a month’ if she could.

The pair had been dating since early 2023, with Mark previously admitting he was a ‘very very lucky man’ to be with her.

Sources claimed the star wooed the TV presenter on a string of dates after being ‘friends for some time’, following his split from his wife Katie in 2020.

Hayley previously admitted to Good Morning Britain: ‘I don’t watch The Chase, no offence, but I’m never in at 5pm.

The pair had been dating since early 2023, with Mark previously admitting he was a 'very very lucky man' to be with her

The pair had been dating since early 2023, with Mark previously admitting he was a ‘very very lucky man’ to be with her

‘I did come and watch Beat The Chasers and he got everything right and I was like, “Wow that’s really sexy”.’

Mark admitted the relationship had its challenges due to the distances between them, with him living in Rotherham, whereas Hayley is London-based.

Speaking about the long distance, he said: ‘We consult a lot with our diaries, so for example we’ve both worked out that we are in Southampton next month for a few nights, so we’ve arranged a few dates while we’re down there.’

Hayley added: ‘I think it’s healthy sometimes. When you meet someone, it’s too much too soon but we both really look forward to seeing each other in a few weeks.’

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