Carrie Bickmore has split with her partner of 11 years, Chris Walker.
The TV star, 42, made the announcement in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday morning, and said the pair are now focusing on co-parenting their three children – Ollie, Evie and Adelaide.
The shock news comes just one month after Carrie hosted her last episode of The Project.
‘It’s with immense sadness that Chris and I have decided to separate,’ she wrote.
Carrie Bickmore has split with her partner of 11 years, Chris Walker
‘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.’
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.
The former Project host announced the news in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday
In a hand-written 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,’ the mother of three added.
‘I know this is not goodbye, just goodbye for now. Love to you all, Carrie.’
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.
Another picture showed Carrie with the hair and makeup staff on her final night on The Project
‘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 Project bid farewell to Carrie on November 30, as she stepped down from the Channel 10 panel show after an impressive 13 years
‘Is it too late to change my mind?’ she said, fighting back tears.
‘To Chris [Walker, partner]. Thank you for everything. Your guidance and advice over the years, your amazing production skills…’ she added.
‘This show has given us so much. We wouldn’t have our beautiful little prophets if it wasn’t for The Project.’
Speaking to her children, she said: ‘You guys are my world. Love you guys.’
‘Is it too late to change my mind?’ she said, fighting back tears
‘To Chris [Walker, partner]. Thank you for everything. Your guidance and advice over the years, your amazing production skills…’ she added
‘To my parents, and my friends and family. It certainly takes a village to help a mum of three do a job like this on TV and I couldn’t have done it without all of you. So thank you so much for picking up the pieces,’ she continued.
Her departure also marked an end to her 17 years with Channel 10.
Carrie’s 10-minute speech came after two touching tributes from her fellow panellists Peter Helliar and Waleed Aly.
‘You radiate generosity and warmth, and it bounces back to us from the amazing audience. It all starts with you. I cannot wait to see what you do next,’ Peter said.