'We lead separate lives': Status Quo star Rick Parfitt's marriage on the rocks as he spends time away from home
00:34 GMT, 24 April 2012
Status Quo star Rick Parfitt and his wife are living 'separate lives' as he spends a long time away from home, it has been reported.
The rock star and his wife Lyndsey, 52, have been living apart for months as he films with the band while she has been back in their luxury villa in Spain with their three-year-old twins.
According to reports, Rick, 63, has been in Fiji filming a cameo in an action movie that features their hit songs.
Happy family: Rick Parfitt and his third wife Lyndsey with their twins at their villa in Spain in 2009 – but friends say their marriage is on the rocks
He is also sticking to a gruelling schedule of touring round Europe and recording with his bandmates.
Yesterday, Lyndsey told the Mirror that she had not seen Rick for more than a month and added: 'It’s true we lead separate lives – as we always have.'
And friends have said his Quo commitments have put a strain on their five-year marriage and are now questioning whether it can survive.
Speaking to the paper, one said: 'Rick has never wanted to slow down. Being
on the road with the band runs in his blood and the long months apart
have been tough on Lyndsay.
Newlyweds: Rick and Lyndsey hit the shops not long after they were married in 2006
'They are very difficult circumstances in which to keep a marriage strong, and those struggles are beginning to show.'
The band already have 50 tour dates around Europe booked for 2012, including gigs in Britain and Germany.
In 2005, Rick, who was once nicknamed the Wild Old Man of Rock 'n' Roll said he would never marry again after two failed marriages but then tied the knot with Lyndsey the following year.
Rock 'n' rollers: Rick with Status Quo bandmate Francis Rossi