Carrie Bickmore announced her shock split from her partner of 11 years, Chris Walker on Wednesday.

The TV star, 45, announced their split in an Instagram post, explaining the pair were focused on co-parenting their three children.

Carrie and Chris met as colleagues on The Project – she was a presenter and he was a producer – and they began dating in late 2012, two years after she lost her husband Greg Lange, the father of her eldest child Ollie, to brain cancer.

Inside Carrie’s heartbreak: How she found surprise love with her Project colleague Chris Walker after her husband Greg Lange died of brain cancer – only for the pair to split after a decade together

Despite his terminal diagnosis, Carrie had married Greg in 2005 when she was just 25 years old, and together they welcomed a son, Oliver.

After Greg died at age 35, a widowed Bickmore started the charity Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer in his memory.

Two years later and Carrie had found love again with Chris, who became a stepdad to her son Oliver, and with whom she later had two daughters: Evie, born in 2015, and Adelaide, born in 2018.

Carrie previously said Chris had also suffered loss in his life, which helped the bond in the early days of their relationship.

‘He, like many people, understands loss and suffered his own loss in life and I think he just has a huge amount of compassion and he will always be incredibly supportive of me and for our family,’ she told TV Week.

Carrie and Chris met as colleagues on The Project - she was a presenter and he was a producer - and they began dating in late 2012, two years after she lost her husband Greg Lange, the father of her eldest child Ollie, to brain cancer

Carrie and Chris met as colleagues on The Project – she was a presenter and he was a producer – and they began dating in late 2012, two years after she lost her husband Greg Lange, the father of her eldest child Ollie, to brain cancer

In April last year, Carrie and Chris moved to the UK with their children for a school term.

In a lengthy Instagram post at the time, she explained they realised they needed to take a break during the Melbourne lockdowns.

‘We feel like this is our last chance to do something like this together before Ollie hits the pointy end of his schooling and no longer wants to hang out with us so … we are heading to the UK for a school term,’ she wrote.

Chris previously told the Herald Sun he would find himself ‘missing’ his partner because of the couple’s busy schedules.

‘Carrie works so much as well [on The Project]. Particularly at the start of the week I find myself missing her and the kids quite a lot,’ he said.

In April last year, Bickmore and Walker moved to the UK with their children for a school term

Carrie and Chris fell in love while working together – he became a stepdad to Oliver, before they had two daughters – Evie in 2015, and Adelaide in 2018 (all pictured) 

On Wednesday, Carrie announced that she and Chris had parted ways. 

The TV star made the announcement in an emotional Instagram post, and said the pair are now focusing on co-parenting their three children – Ollie, 15, Evie, seven, and Adelaide, four. 

‘While this is a tough time, our focus is on parenting, loving and supporting our three children Ollie, Evie and Addie with everything that we’ve got. 

‘They are doing great, We won’t be making any further comment.’

On Wednesday, Carrie announced that she and Chris had parted ways. The TV star made the announcement in an emotional Instagram post, and said the pair are now focusing on co-parenting their three children - Ollie, 15, Evie, seven, and Adelaide, four

On Wednesday, Carrie announced that she and Chris had parted ways. The TV star made the announcement in an emotional Instagram post, and said the pair are now focusing on co-parenting their three children – Ollie, 15, Evie, seven, and Adelaide, four

It comes after Carrie spoke of her private struggles in a touching farewell letter to The Project’s hair and makeup team after quitting the Channel 10 show in November.

In a handwritten note to her glam squad, the 42-year-old thanked them for helping her get through some of the most challenging times in her professional life.

‘To my hair and makeup family. Crap, I am crying already,’ the letter began.

‘You have held my hand through some of the toughest days in my career. You hear it all, see it all and share it all with me and I can’t explain how much I am going to miss you all.

‘There is an unspoken bond between us all and please never forget how special you all are.

‘I know this is not goodbye, just goodbye for now. Love to you all, Carrie.’

While the split came as a shock to fans, Bickmore had hinted at her private struggles in this farewell letter to The Project's hair and makeup team after quitting the show in November

It comes after Carrie spoke of her private struggles in a touching farewell letter to The Project’s hair and makeup team after quitting the Channel 10 show in November

Carrie’s letter was posted on Instagram by makeup artist Julie Bekiri, who also shared a video of the TV presenter laughing in the styling chair while The Project’s glam team worked their magic.

Another picture showed Carrie on set with the hair and makeup staff on her final night on The Project.

‘What can I say about you @bickmorecarrie because words cannot describe the last 10 years or so since we first met,’ Julie captioned her post.

‘I can say is that we have been through so many things together and our chats, laughs and cries in the makeup room have been priceless. 

Carrie's letter was posted on Instagram by makeup artist Julie Bekiri, who also shared a video of the TV presenter laughing in the styling chair while The Project's glam team worked their magic

Carrie’s letter was posted on Instagram by makeup artist Julie Bekiri, who also shared a video of the TV presenter laughing in the styling chair while The Project’s glam team worked their magic 

‘Thank you so much for all your support and friendship and thank you for allowing me to be myself and allow me to express my creativity with you.

‘You always kept me on my toes and constantly told me to stop touching your hair even after I perfected it.’

The Project bid farewell to Carrie on November 30, as she stepped down from the Channel 10 panel show after an impressive 13 years.

She thanked her friends, colleagues and viewers at the end of the broadcast.

The split news comes just one month after Bickmore hosted her last episode of The Project, after stepping down because she wanted to spend more evenings at home with her family

The Project bid farewell to Carrie on November 30, as she stepped down from the Channel 10 panel show after an impressive 13 years



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