Ian ‘H’ Watkins has split from his long-term partner.
The Steps singer and actor Craig Ryder have decided to go their separate ways after 10 years together following months of problems, but the pair are still in contact for the sake of their twin sons Macsen and Cybi, 20 months.
A source told The Sun newspaper: ”Things haven’t been great between them for quite a few months.
”Things have recently come to a head and they have now decided to go their separate ways.
”Obviously it has been a very sad time but they have their sons together so are still in contact.”
The 41-year-old singer has been throwing himself into rehearsals for Steps’ ‘Party on the Dancefloor’ tour, which starts later this week, so he doesn’t have to dwell on his heartbreak.
The insider added: ”H is keeping positive and has been getting lots of support from his bandmates. The tour couldn’t have come at a better time for him.”
Meanwhile, H and his bandmates, Lee Latchford-evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott Lee, and Faye Tozer recently promised their upcoming reunion shows will feature a lot of their old songs, even though they recently released a new album, ‘Tears on the Dancefloor’.
Claire said: ”Lots of the old, a little bit of the new. It will be as glitzy and glamorous as always. We’re just going to get as much as the old stuff in there because we want the fans to come away satisfied.”
The 20th anniversary tour has been planned by the group for a long time, but they never expected to also be recording new music alongside it.
Faye said: ”Because we were doing the 20th celebration, we started discussing it a couple of years ago. It kind of started with a new team, new management, then the new song being played and then to us agreeing to wanting to do new music and then it naturally evolve into an album. We always knew we wanted to do a tour but we never expected to have some new music to go with it.”