It's a sad day in Celebsville, as Gareth Gates and his beau, Corrie actress Faye Brooks, have announced that they are 'taking some time apart'.

The pair, who have been together for six years, issued a joint social media statement revealing the news. Gareth, 34, wrote, ‘Unfortunately @Faye_Brookes and I are choosing to take some time apart. We remain the very best of friends. We’d like to Thank you for all your support over the years x’.

31-year-old actress Faye issued the same statement on her own Twitter account.

Fans were gutted by the news, with one writing on the post, ‘Oh Gareth im so sorry to hear this but glad you are still best friends.’ While another commented, ‘I’m so sorry to hear this & my heart goes to u both.’

Gareth and Faye met all the way back in 2012, when they both starred in a theatre production of Legally Blonde. Faye played Elle Woods, while X Factor winner Gareth played her boyfriend Warner.

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At the time, Gareth was still with his ex-wife Suzanne Mole, but the pair split shortly before he got together with Faye. The former couple share a daughter, Missy.

Just last year, Faye revealed how she considered hers and Gareth’s love story to be a ‘fairy tale’.

Discussing their chance meeting and blossoming romance on the set of Legally Blonde, she confessed, “It was a real fairy tale.

“I totally believe in fate and that he was meant to walk into my life for a reason. He became my best friend and it blossomed into us becoming this unbelievable duo.

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“He was the one person who allowed me to let my guard down – for me to be silly, laugh at myself and not take life too seriously.”

And recently, the actress confessed that she and Gareth talked about marriage ‘all the time’. Faye admitted, “I talk about it all the time but Gareth loves to surprise me. He goes big or go home.”