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Brave Rylan Clark overcame ‘toughest 4 months of his life’ after divorce and Tinder woes

Rylan Clark has bounced back from the “toughest four months of his life” following his sad split from Dan Neal – returning to work, joining dating apps and tentatively joking about his divorce

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Rylan appears without a surname in the credits of It Takes Two

For the man with one of the most famous smiles in showbiz, it’s been a difficult year for Rylan Clark.

But the star has proved he can bounce back from anything, returning to host Strictly’s It Takes Two with flourish and seeming his usual funny, chatty self.

He has also been able to joke about “what a year” he’s had after pulling out from several professional appearances before it emerged he was divorcing his husband of six years, Dan Neal.

But he hinted at just how dark things got when he said he “wouldn’t be here” today if not for the support of his friends, including Steps’ Claire Richards, during such a hard time in his life.

Rylan has previously admitted if there was one thing he could change about his life, it would be the ability to be anonymous again.

“I am not being ungrateful, and I love meeting people, but being 6 ft 4, with big teeth and a beard – there’s no hiding,” he told The Guardian.

And Rylan, who turns 33 today, has recently set the record straight on his personal life amid intense scrutiny and rumours he’d suffered from a breakdown due to the end of his relationship.







Rylan looked chipper as he made his return to It Takes Two alongside Janette Manrara – without his surname or wedding ring



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It came after he took five months off from his BBC Radio 2 show and dropped out of hosting duties for shows including Eurovision earlier this year.

A source told The Sun that when Rylan returned to the radio, insisting he was “feeling better”, he burst into tears while playing a song and consequently had been offered a year off to focus on himself.

“Rylan’s one of the BBC’s favourite stars,” said the insider.

“When he returned to work everyone supported him but when he broke down, people were concerned he’d come back too fast.”

In response, Rylan tweeted: “Couple of news stories today. Be assured, I’m good. I wasn’t but I am now x.”

Rylan first found fame as a contestant on The X Factor in 2012, and went on to win Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.

He met former policeman Dan later that year, as he interviewed him on the Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side after he was a housemate and got evicted.








Rylan admitted he had not been good but was feeling much better now
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Rylan’s dip back in the dating pond didn’t go well as he was banned from Tinder
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They got engaged in Paris one year later, and tied the knot in an intimate star-studded ceremony in November 2015.

But Rylan admitted to making “a number of mistakes” that sadly led to the demise of his relationship six years later.

“Following reports about Dan and I spending time apart, I feel I have to speak out – as the way it is being reported is unfair,” he said in a statement.

“I have made a number of mistakes which I deeply regret and have inevitably led to the breakdown of our marriage.”

He went on: “I have taken time away from work as I am not in a good place at the moment and am seeking help.

“I am trying to take each day at a time and would like to thank you to everyone for their support and for respecting our privacy at this time.”

Months later, sources told The Mail on Sunday that the couple had tried to work through their differences at their marital home after Rylan had spent long periods throughout the summer with his mum, Linda.







Rylan and Dan split after six years of marriage









Rylan said he blames himself for the divorce



“Things were looking so good, like they were back together,” said one source. “They hoped they could avoid divorce, but it’s now looking like the only way forward.

“Many around them were desperately hoping they can win the battle to save their relationship. It’s very sad.”

When Rylan arrived back to host It Takes Two, fans noticed his wedding ring was gone and so was his surname in the credits, with the star now only going by his first name.

And as Adele released her new single about the heartbreak of divorce, called Easy On Me, Rylan admitted he related to the sad lyrics.

“Wish Adele would stop writing about me tbf,” he tweeted.

Rylan, whose real name is Ross Richard Clark, has since been trying to move on from his heartache by joining dating app Tinder – but he was immediately banned because people assumed he was a catfish.




The former X Factor star took to his Instagram Stories to share the screenshot of his profile getting removed.

He joked: “Catfish” along with a laughing face emoji over the notification telling him his page violated their Terms of Use.

The star’s short-lived profile including the bio: “Tall normal bloke – 6’4″ – am I actually on this thing?”

At the Attitude Awards earlier this month, Rylan made a joke about joining Grindr when he arrived on stage a little late, making light of his recent split.

“Sorry, I was a little bit distracted. I was trying to download Grindr. It’s been 10 years! What a year,” he joked.

He also appeared to reference his divorce in a speech and praised Steps star Claire for her support, hinting at just how dark things got for him.

Speaking about Steps before handing them a gong, he said: “On a personal level, one of the members of this band is like my big sister.

“For the past four months, probably for the toughest time in my life, she’s been there for me, and without her, I probably wouldn’t be giving this award out tonight.”

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