Michelle Keegan on why she has no problem spending time away from Mark Wright

Michelle Keegan on why she has no problem spending time away from Mark Wright

juin 30, 2020 0 Par admin

Michelle Keegan says she doesn’t understand why people make so much fuss about her spending time away from her husband Mark Wright.

The Our Girl star, 33, married the ex-TOWIE hunk, also 33, in 2015, and opened up about her happy relationship as she posed for the cover of Cosmopolitan.

Since tying the knot, they’ve faced speculation that their marriage is in trouble, given that they’ve spent so much time apart, even living thousands of miles away from each other at one point when Mark was working in the US.

But former Coronation Street actress Michelle says she doesn’t get why it’s so hard for people to understand that they’re just busy building their careers.

Opening up to Cosmo, she said: “If you go away for work it’s seen as a negative and not a positive. I just don’t understand that and find it hard.

“You’re trying to carve yourself a career and people say you shouldn’t be doing it because it impacts your marriage. It’s ridiculous.

Michelle and husband Mark Wright (Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“That can be quite difficult because it’s hard enough being away from home as it is without negative stories. A few years ago it would have bothered me more than it does now.”

Michelle has had a busy 18 months, filming her final series of Our Girl and the second series of comedy Brassic.

But due to the coronavirus lockdown, the married couple have been able to spend a lot more time together than usual.

She said: “We were saying we’d enjoyed it. It’s been nice because we’ve both been working from home. Normally we could be out all day or I have to go to Manchester [to film Brassic] or Mark is in London.

“I’m taking my dogs for daily walks, I’ve been doing a jigsaw a week and I’ve taken up cycling on a proper road bike. We go out three times a week and do 11 miles!”

Michelle says that she and Mark decided together to limit what they share on social media.

Michelle on the cover of Cosmopolitan (Image: Cosmopolitan)

Explaining the decision, she said: “What I’ve had to do since I got married is pull back and keep my private life for me, and I feel a lot happier and [more] settled since I made that choice.

“At the beginning people didn’t understand it and were like, ‘You talked about it all the time four years ago’. But I feel like I have to hold things back for me because I need to regain control. A few years ago I felt like I’d lost that control.”

Michelle and Mark are often asked about their plans to have children, and she’s admitted that it bothers her now a lot more than it used to.

She said: “A few years ago it didn’t bother me and I answered the question, but now I think, ‘I don’t need to answer that because nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors’.

“I remember when I finished Our Girl people were like, ‘Is it because you’re going off to have a baby?’ I know for a fact if Mark finished a job, nobody would ask him if he was going to have a baby. It’s not fair. It does make me feel frustrated.”

Michelle has filmed her final series of Our Girl (Image: BBC)

Michelle also opened up about how she dealt with such a quick rise to fame thanks to her role as Tina McIntyre in ITV soap Corrie.

She told the mag: “It was really daunting. It happens very quickly on a soap because you’re in people’s living rooms five times a week, so people start believing they know you.

“It was scary, I was still a young girl and I was growing up in the public eye. Everyone had their own opinions – how you act, how your hair looks, what you’re wearing, how you physically look.

“Growing up in that was very hard and I let a lot of negative comments get to me. There’s an inner confidence now. I don’t let negative comments affect me the way that they did 12 years ago.”

Michelle does have some regrets about her time on the cobbles though.

She rose to game as Tina on Corrie (Image: ITV)

The brunette beauty admitted that she wishes she’d never posed on the cover of a lads’ mag during her sudden rise to fame.

“It wasn’t something that I necessarily really wanted to do,” she confessed.

“I remember feeling very shy because I was really young. But I thought it came as part of being on TV. Now that I’m older, I realise that it is OK to say no to something that you don’t feel 100% happy with.

“You don’t have to do it because you think you have to do it … But I will say, this is no reflection on Coronation Street. I had a brilliant network and team and the PR team were fabulous and really looked after me and it was a different time back then. Everyone did it at that time.”

Michelle and Mark married in 2015 (Image: WireImage)

Michelle said that if she could give any advice to her younger self, if would be to trust her own opinions more.

She said: “It’s OK to say no and go with your instinct. I always wanted to please people but I think if something doesn’t feel right, just say no.

“I go with my instinct a lot now. I am still that ‘yes’ person as I don’t like upsetting anyone. But I feel like I am getting stronger. That comes with age.”

During lockdown, Michelle has been turning her hand to writing her own material.

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She teased: “I’m writing two things. I’ve never had the time to sit down, write and research and I’m really enjoying the process. It’s a comedy drama and a mini-series drama.

“I had the idea for one of them a few years ago and this time has helped me get my ideas down on paper. I’ve had meetings with production companies on Zoom. Hopefully it’s something we can get off the ground. It’s exciting.”

* Read the full interview in the August issue of Cosmopolitan – on sale July 2