Carrie Bickmore and Chris Walker ‘had been working on their relationship for some time’

Carrie Bickmore and Chris Walker’s relationship was in trouble long before they called it quits, insiders claim.

The ex-Project host, 42, shocked fans last Wednesday by announcing the couple’s separation, but a source told New idea the pair had been “working on their relationship for a while” before things “fell apart” during their family sabbatical in Europe.

In April last year, Carrie and Chris temporarily moved to the UK for a three-month holiday with their children, Ollie, 15, Evie, seven, and Adelaide, four.

Carrie Bickmore and Chris Walker’s relationship was in trouble for “a while” before calling it quits, sources say. (The couple is pictured in happier times)

“I think bringing their family to the UK last year was an attempt to mend things,” said the spy, describing the escape as a “band-aid solution” to their problems.

Couples on the verge of breaking up are often encouraged by experts to take a vacation together to rekindle the spark.

While some relationships benefit from the escapism, others dwindle faster, in part because the intimacy and romance of a vacation can feel forced.

Last April, Carrie and Chris temporarily moved to the UK for a three-month sabbatical with their children, Ollie, 15, Evie, seven, and Adelaide, four (all pictured)

Last April, Carrie and Chris temporarily moved to the UK for a three-month sabbatical with their children, Ollie, 15, Evie, seven, and Adelaide, four (all pictured)

When Carrie announced her European getaway on The Project at the time, she explained, “Chris and I and the kids are going on a family adventure together.

“We’ve wanted to do it for a while, but for a lot of reasons the timing wasn’t right, but we don’t think it’s ever going to be the perfect time to go.

‘It’s something we really want to do before my son starts his final years at school, so we’re doing the second semester in the UK. So I’m off for a few months.’

“I think last year it was an attempt to bring their family to the UK,” said an insider, describing the escape as a “band-aid solution” to their problems.

The radio star also said she was inspired by The Project panelist Kate Langbroek, who lived in Bologna, Italy, with her husband and children for two years.

Carrie returned to The Project with little fanfare in July and largely kept quiet about her journey.

She joked that she’d come home with an English accent after living there for a few months, saying she’d had a “great time” — but little else.

When Carrie announced her European getaway on The Project at the time, she explained,

When Carrie announced her European getaway on The Project at the time, she explained, “Chris and I and the kids are going on a family adventure together”

Carrie announced the couple’s split in an Instagram post last Wednesday, saying the pair were focused on co-parenting their three children.

They had been in a relationship for 11 years.

“It is with immense sadness that Chris and I have decided to part ways,” she wrote.

“While this is a difficult time, our focus is on parenting, loving and supporting our three children Ollie, Evie and Addie with everything we have.

‘They’re doing great. We will not comment further.’

Couples on the verge of breaking up are often encouraged by experts to take a vacation together to rekindle the romance

Couples on the verge of breaking up are often encouraged by experts to take a vacation together to rekindle the romance

Carrie and Chris’ love story captured the hearts of Australians.

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

Despite his terminal diagnosis, Bickmore had married Lange in 2005 when she was just 25 years old.

After Lange died in 2010 at the age of 35, a widowed Carrie started the charity Bickmore’s Beanies for Brain Cancer in memory.

Two years later, Carrie had found love again with Chris, who became Oliver’s stepfather, and with whom she later had two daughters: Evie, born in 2015, and Adelaide, born in 2018.

The TV presenter announced their split in an Instagram post last Wednesday, saying the couple were focused on co-parenting their three children

The TV presenter announced their split in an Instagram post last Wednesday, saying the couple were focused on co-parenting their three children

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