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Chris Evans: 'Wouldn't last' Loose Women's Carol McGiffin 'went along' with marriage to ex

Chris Evans, 54, and Carol McGiffin, 60 tied the knot in 1991 but separated a few years later. The Loose Women panellist revealed on the ITV show today that she knew their marriage wouldn’t last.



Her comments came as the panellists watched a 2003 clip of the show where Carol said she would never have got married if divorce was not an option.

But when host Kaye Adams asked Carol if she still felt that way and would not have married her current spouse Mark Cassidy, 35, she said “no,” and insisted she would have married him anyway.

Reflecting on her previous marriage to her first husband Chris, the show panellists watched a 17-year-old clip from the show as they discussed divorce.

In the clip, Carol said: “If at the time I was getting married I had known that there was no way I could have got divorced and I wasn’t allowed to, I would absolutely never have got married, I wouldn’t have done it.”

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Loose Women’s Carol McGiffin ‘went along’ with marriage to Chris Evans (Image: GETTY/ITV)

Loose Women star Carol McGiffin knew marriage to Chris Evans ‘wouldn’t last’ (Image: ITV)

She was married to the DJ for seven years although the pair had separated several years prior to their 1998 divorce.

Carol is now married to Mark who is 22 years her junior, and she says it’s “totally different” this time around.

Speaking on the programme, host Kaye asked: “Strong words, Carol. Do you feel the same?

“You look horrified. Would you always need a way out? Would you have married Mark if you couldn’t divorce him?”

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Loose Women host Carol McGiffin spoke candidly about her first marriage (Image: ITV)

A stunned Carol replied: “Definitely I would. Yes, because it’s totally different this time and I’ve said it before.

“I’m only shocked at that clip because I can’t believe that I did say that out loud back then.”

She went on: “But I do think that – or knew rather, that when I married my first husband it wasn’t going to be forever.

“I knew it wasn’t quite right. I just went along with it weirdly. Knowing that I could get out of it. Which is completely wrong.”


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Chris Evans alongside his wife Natasha Shishmanian (Image: GETTY)

Carol added: “And then I did everything to try and keep it together and not have it end but I couldn’t stop it. But luckily [divorce] was allowed.

She finished: “I would have still married Mark 100 percent, because you just know.”

Chris went on to wed Billie Piper in 2001 although the pair split in 2005 before getting a divorce two years later.

He is currently married to third wife Natasha Shishmanian, with whom he shares three sons and one daughter.

Meanwhile, the Loose Women star later married husband Mark in 2018, in a private ceremony in Thailand.

She previously spoke about their low-key wedding, in her column for Best magazine, saying: “No one knew we were going to do it, but we’ve basically spent the last year having separate celebrations with different friends and family, telling them all in person.

“Now they all know, we’re ready for it to come out.”

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm.

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