Madeleine West announced her separation from her 13-year-old partner, Shannon Bennett.
The 38-year-old former Neighbors actress revealed the news to Stellar magazine on Saturday, saying she and 42-year-old celebrity chef Shannon are "trying to reconnect as friends and parents."
The couple shares six small children, and Madeleine tells the publication that a "crowd" of children exerts exponential pressures on a relationship. "
"We're not together at the moment": former Neighbors star Madeleine West has CONFIRMED her separation from Shannon Bennett from MasterChef after six children and 13 years together. The pair is represented together in 2016
Although the couple will continue to be co-parent, Madeleine is not sure if she will ever reconcile with Shannon, saying: "Who knows what the future holds? & # 39;
Explaining the separation, he told Stellar: "Having a public profile, having two high-pressure races, having a lot of kids – and I'll say they're a lot harder to train than dragons – exerts exponential pressures on a relationship, and cracks can form, and things that we do not necessarily plan at the beginning can happen. "
Madeleine and Shane started dating in 2005, and are parents of Phoenix, 12, Hendrix, 10, Xascha, 8, Xanthe, 6 and twins Xalia and Margaux, 4.
& # 39; Who knows what the future holds for us? & # 39; Speaking sincerely with Stellar magazine, Madeleine says she is not sure if she will ever reconcile with Shannon.
Split: Shannon and Madeleine (pictured in 2016) have been together, both have busy careers and public profiles, which according to the actress puts pressure on their relationship.
In 2016, the actress published a book about fatherhood titled "Six Under Eight," but kept her children largely out of the spotlight.
"I made sure to protect my children," he told Stellar, adding, "Until they are of the age at which they can choose to enter the public eye, then it is my responsibility to keep them safe."
Earlier this month, MasterChef's guest judge, Shannon, seemed to nullify split rumors, sharing a photo of Madeleine's name tattooed on her chest.
Tattooed in his heart: Earlier this month, MasterChef's guest judge Shannon (left) seemed to crush the divided rumors, sharing a photo of Madeleine's name tattooed on his chest
It comes after Women's Day published a report last month stating that the couple had "separated" in July.
Apparently, a source told the magazine: "Nobody knows what went wrong, but whatever happens, it's sad". They have such a beautiful family. "
Last September, Shannon and Madeleine bought a mansion in the luxurious suburb of Toorak in Melbourne for a rumored $ 16 million.
Returning to the screens: Madeleine is best known for starring in Neighbors, but is now ready to star in the new drama Playing For Keeps.
Parents of six: Madeleine and Shannon (pictured) will continue to be parents of their six children
Shannon is the head chef of the famous Melbourne restaurant, Vue de Monde, and has published eight cookbooks.
Madeleine, meanwhile, is best known for playing Dee Bliss in Neighbors from 2000 to 2003.
He returned to the soap opera for a recurring role last year, but now returns to the screens for a role in the new Channel Ten drama about AFL WAG titled Playing For Keeps.
Read more: Madeleine's full interview with Stellar magazine is on the kiosks on Sunday