Going somewhere Stony-faced Denise Van Outen heads out with an overnight bag amid rumours of marriage trouble with Lee Mead
16:55 GMT, 26 April 2013
18:10 GMT, 26 April 2013
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Despite all the rumours that her marriage to Lee Mead is on the rocks over the past couple of months, Denise Van Outen has rarely been spotted without a smile on her face.
But it looks as though the strain is finally getting to the TV star after she stepped out of her house armed with an overnight bag on Friday.
The 38-year-old failed to raise any sort of smile as she headed out of her north London home, speculating that things might not be all rosy in the star's marriage.
Going somewhere Denise emerges from her North London home with an overnight bag
The former Strictly contestant wore dark sunglasses as she clambered into the back of the car, without even a glimpse of her husband.
Denise kept her outfit plain in black jeans and a slogan jumper, completing her outfit with a cropped leather jacket.
Speculation has been mounting as the couple have not been seen together for some time, and Denise even revealed in an interview they were leading very separate lives.
The star has been battling troubled marriage rumours for the past couple of months
She admitted she hasn't spent much time with West End star Lee, 31, who has been going back and forward to Los Angeles for auditions.
She told Now magazine: 'To be honest, it is really difficult. We just haven't seen each other.
'I started on Strictly in September and we've been like passing ships in the night. I'm not going to lie, it's been a massive strain on the relationship.'
The former Strictly star admitted that it has been the 'hardest few months'
Denise and her husband Lee Mead haven't been seen together for some time, speculating that the pair have split
Denise – who takes turns in looking after their two-year-old daughter Betsy while Lee is at work – admitted that the past few months have been hard.
'We haven't really spent any proper time together for six months…' she said.
'I'd say this has been the hardest few months out of all our time together.'
Denise and Lee mark their fourth wedding anniversary this month, with daughter Betsy turning three next month.
The couple famously met on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007, but didn't go public until months after the show ended.
Trouble in paradise Denise and Lee, who have a daughter together, celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary this month