Who's telling the truth in the Klass war SHE says he dumped her out of the blue. HE says their marriage had long been 'intolerable'
07:57 GMT, 11 June 2012
She is from the old school of showbiz where hopefuls are taught to work hard, never complain and, of course, to smile, smile, smile.
And so when Myleene Klass turned up at her agent Jonathan Shalit’s 50th birthday party in April — ten days after her husband had walked out — there was barely a trace of visible anguish.
She wore a stunning dress and a broad grin for the photographers. She didn’t, however, wear her wedding ring. And she was looking pitifully thin.
Happy moment: Myleene Klass is pictured with husband Graham Quinn and baby Ava before the couple's marriage hit the rocks after just six months
It was enough to start the rumour mill grinding, although no one truly believed that, just six months after their wedding, she and her husband, 38-year-old security consultant Graham Quinn, had split.
Now it’s official. But, if recent reports are to be believed, Myleene is still struggling to accept it or understand why.
No trace: Myleene turned up at agent Jonathan Shalit's 50th just ten days after her husband walked out with seemingly no signs of visible anguish
Indeed, she is said to be unable to break the news to the couple’s daughters, Ava, four, and Hero, one, reportedly asking a friend: ‘How can I tell them their daddy is never coming home’
Naturally, everyone feels sorry for her — and her friends have been busily briefing the newspapers on her behalf.
But, as is often the case, the facts are more complicated than they first appear. For while her own friends claim she is devastated by being dumped out of the blue, Quinn’s confidants paint a very different story.
In fact, one friend of his insists that the relationship was rocky for years, and adds they were married only in a bid to save the romance for the sake of the children.
The friend says: ‘It is nonsense to say that Myleene is surprised by the end of the relationship. She cannot be. It was struggling for some considerable time. Graham tried his best.
‘They were married with a view to trying to stabilise their relationship for the sake of the kids. Sadly, that was not possible.
‘Graham is very upset about the way that he has been portrayed.’
Indeed, his lawyer, Paul Tweed, confirms he is initiating legal action against one newspaper which described Quinn as a ‘love rat.’
And so the fact that battle lines are being drawn is sad, but no surprise — although it may yet severely dent Myleene’s sweetness-and-light image.
Quinn’s own account is that the marriage had become ‘intolerable’. He has commented in the past about Myleene suffering from ‘uncontrollable rages’ during her pregnancies, which may offer some hint as to why this might be.
At the weekend, he said: ‘People wrote that I left her on her birthday. There’s been so much fabrication. It’s ridiculous. Who in their right mind would drop someone on their birthday’
Myleene’s friends, though, are adamant. They say Quinn came home on April 7, the day after her 34th birthday, informed her their marriage was over and packed his bags, saying: ‘I’m really sorry, I don’t want to be married any more. This has been a mistake.’
A friend of Myleene’s said: ‘She thought everything between them was great.
‘She has spent the past two months
asking herself why. She doesn’t think that there is anyone else in his
life. If there is, that would be a huge blow to her.
is so hard for her because she just cannot understand it. She has been
open about how life is hard work because they have children, and there
have been some rows, but she thought it was all just part of normal,
everyday, married life.
Wedding day: Myleene used Twitter to send this picture of herself with her husband following their marriage at Norwich Cathedral. The ceremony was attended by only 16 close family and friends
Myleene and Quinn — known as Gray — had been together for 11 years and engaged for five. They were married in October last year — an intimate event at Norwich Cathedral attended by only 16 close friends and family.
In the weeks since he left, the slim star appears to have lost even more weight and has been staying with family and friends, who fear for her health.
Back in the day: The couple are pictured at the film premiere of The Island back in 2005. They had been together for 11 years and engaged for five before the wedding in October last year
Apparently, the word ‘divorce’ has not yet been uttered by Myleene, and she has not consulted a lawyer. However, those close to her confirm that there was no pre-nuptial agreement so Quinn could, therefore, theoretically, lay claim to a portion of her 12 million fortune.
As the marriage post-mortem opens,
some friends are saying they never liked Quinn, a heavily tattooed
Irishman with a drugs conviction.
is presently in Italy providing security for Bruce Springsteen’s
Wrecking Ball tour and will mainly be on the road until the end of
September. When he does have down time in the coming months, he will be
based in a new bachelor pad in central London — into which he moved just
five days after leaving the marital home.
again, has been a dagger to the heart for Myleene. She knows, after
all, that it’s not possible to buy a property in a matter of days. Her
friends say she has tortured herself trying to think of when he might
have started planning to move out.
Quinn’s father, William Smith,
speaking from his home in Glasnevin, Dublin, hoped there might be a
reconciliation. He said: ‘I would never say anything bad about my son.
He is a good man. It’s just unfortunate how this has turned out.
‘Please God, it will all work out. Myleene is a good girl, I get on well with her.’
But on the other side of town, where
Quinn’s sister, Lisa Marie, lives with her husband Keith Duffy, of
Boyzone, the feelings are rather more complicated.
Lisa Marie is said to be ‘devastated’ by the split, but Keith is keeping his thoughts to himself.
A family friend says: ‘Keith was never a big fan of Graham’s, but Lisa was very close to him and always stood up for him.
‘But she grew very close to Myleene, too, so this has been really hard for her. She’s terribly upset.’
The friend added: ‘Not everyone around here thinks so much of Graham. The drugs thing was bad, and people did notice he was never allowed to be involved in the Boyzone tours and so on, which you might have thought should have been natural. That’s because Louis Walsh didn’t like him.’
And when you learn the full story of his
criminal past, this is no surprise. Quinn was caught in Dublin with
1,500 worth of heroin at his flat in 1996 when he was 22. He jumped
bail, fled to London, changed his name from Smith to Quinn and
reinvented himself as a celebrity bodyguard.
Disappearing act: Myleene has sparked concern among her friends with her rapid weight loss in recent months
The police were alerted to his new identity in 2003, when an informant saw a picture of him in a newspaper with Myleene and realised who he was. He was persuaded to turn himself in.
When the matter came to trial, the court heard he had been an experienced drug dealer who admitted making 34,000 a year out of it. Officers found 4,500 in cash, electronic weighing scales and small plastic bags in his Dublin flat. Judge Kevin Haugh said in court that Quinn could count himself very lucky to get away with an 18-month suspended sentence. He was shown leniency on the basis of his changed character and guilty plea.
And Myleene If there was pressure on her to drop him when the truth about his past came out, she steadfastly refused. /06/11/article-2157464-1369CED7000005DC-620_634x815.jpg” width=”634″ height=”815″ alt=”Sticking together: Myleene, pictured with her daughters Ava and Hero last week, tweeted her thanks for the support she had received since the story broke” class=”blkBorder” />
Sticking together: Myleene, pictured with her daughters Ava and Hero last week, tweeted her thanks for the support she had received since the story broke
Little Ava — born nine months after Myleene got out of the Australian jungle — went along everywhere with her mother. Quinn continued to work on tours.
The couple saw very little of each other and she required a nanny to help her with the girls.
She said: ‘We went through a period where things were unreal. We would sit at the dinner table with our diaries trying to see where we could slot in some time together. He would come home from a job and put my suitcase in the car for me as he was bringing his in.’
Myleene revealed in one interview that she actually considered leaving Quinn when Ava was a few months old because she was so fed up with doing it all herself. He complained that he felt like an ‘unpaid runner’.
There were also times when she wanted to ‘throttle him’ — something many mothers of newborns will readily relate to.
Pop star: Myleene during her time in hit pop band Hear'Say
After Ava was born, she published a book about her pregnancy which had contributions from Quinn. He made it clear that their marriage was hard work and wrote: ‘Still alive. Just. It’s weird to see the girl you know so well change in front of your eyes. I’m slowly learning to shut my mouth and not fight back.’
Into this combustible mix you can add Myleene’s work ethic. Undeniably driven, she has long been the chief breadwinner in the relationship.
Their family life has not been a bed of roses. Ava didn’t sleep in a cot until she was two-and-a-half and instead shared the marital bed. And Myleene suffered a serious back injury after having Hero, which meant she struggled even to lift her out of her cot.
Meanwhile, Quinn continued to work, first on Alexandra Burke’s tour and then with JLS. A friend of his said: ‘I know what it’s like on that tour, with four single men. The atmosphere is intoxicating. It would not be easy to go back to a suburban house and changing nappies.’
Indeed, it seems that behind closed doors on the rare occasions when they were together, there was conflict. Myleene hinted as much by saying in recent interviews: ‘Oh, he’s fiery,’ and ‘he’s the fieriest Irishman you ever met!’
As her father, Oscar, said sorrowfully this week: ‘This really is a very delicate situation.’