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Report: Madeleine West and Shannon Bennett split after 13 years and six children

By Hayley August 6, 2018
Image: Graham Denholm / Getty Images

Neighbours star Madeleine West and Masterchef judge Shannon Bennett have reportedly split after 13 years of marriage.

 

The couple, who have six children together, broke up a month ago, according to a report in Woman’s Day.

A friend of Shannon told the magazine the chef has been staying in Byron Bay since the split:

"This is the last thing Shannon needs.

”He's already in hot water over allegations of unpaid bills and underpaid staff, and facing an investigation by the Fair Work Commission. The last thing he needs right now is for things with Madeleine to get ugly.

”She studied law before her big break on Neighbours, so she's no blonde bimbo.

"Nobody knows what went wrong but whatever happened it's sad. They have such a beautiful family.”

Madeleine, 38, and Shannon, 41, had bought a $19 million home in the ritzy Melbourne suburb of Toorak just one year ago.

Since her star-making role in Neighbours, Madeleine has appeared in The Wrong Girl, Underbelly, Winners & Losers and House Husbands - and is also a best-selling author. Her book Six Under Eight chronicles her experiences raising her kids Phoenix, Hendrix, Xascha, Xanthe, Xahlia and Margaux - who are aged between three and 12 years old.

Shannon is best known as the head chef at acclaimed Melbourne restaurant Vue De Monde. 

Image: Graham Denholm / Getty Images