Adam Woodyatt divorce 'turns toxic' over claim he's not giving ex 'fair deal'

EASTENDERS star Adam Woodyatt’s divorce looks to have turned toxic amid claims he is not offering his estranged wife Bev a “fair deal”.

His settlement negotiations with his wife of 22 years are said to have become “messy”.

And Albert Square insiders suggest his upcoming break from the soap to star in a play could be a way to drive down his income.

One source told The Sun on Sunday: “No one could understand why he wanted to take some time out suddenly and do the stage production.

“People have been speculating that it could be so he can get away with paying less in the divorce.

“It would be a tactic straight out of Ian Beale’s playbook.”

The real-life drama unfolded as viewers saw six-times wed Ian go berserk with a baseball bat in the Queen Vic in a storyline about a plot to kill him.

Woodyatt, 52, walked away from the marriage to Bev in August 2019. He is now set to take a ten-month sabbatical from the BBC One soap while Ian recovers from being poisoned.

He was due to star in Looking Good Dead in venues across the country, but Covid restrictions could see the number of shows cut from 23 to just six.

One insider said: “Despite what he’s saying publicly, she’s had to get lawyers involved to fight her corner.

“The feeling is he’s not offering Bev a fair deal.

“If it is the case that he was trying to reduce his income, it looks like it might have back-fired because Covid is likely to have cut his income a lot more than he anticipated with so many shows having to be cancelled.”

At the time of their split, a source close to Woodyatt insisted the divorce was amicable, saying: “They still get on well, and are keen to make sure they stay that way for the sake of their two children, even though they are now grown up.”

Sources also insisted there was no third party involved in the split, although Bev harboured suspicions. Friends of Bev told The Sun she had no idea why he had walked out and they had not spoken for months.

Now relations between the two have grown even frostier, with no breakthrough in divorce proceedings.

A source close to Woodyatt said: “The pair don’t seem close to reaching an agreement.

“It’s very sad as they were a great team and she was even his agent for more than a decade.”

Woodyatt has been in EastEnders since it started in 1985. He is the longest-serving cast member — and the only surviving original character never to have left.

His representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

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