Mikey and Claire call it quits

Wedding blues for screen stars

BY STAFF REPORTERS
Last updated 05:00 12/04/2009
Sunday News Front Page, April 12

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THE marriage of Top Town presenter Mikey "Havoc" Roberts and soap star Claire Chitham is over just weeks after the pair did a cosy women's magazine story which claimed they were "more in love than ever".

Havoc, 38, co-host of TV2's Top Town and Chitham, 30, a former Shortland St mainstay and Outrageous Fortune hottie, remain "best mates" but are no longer in a relationship.

Havoc also the bFM breakfast host confirmed the split to Sunday News, saying the break-up was sad but necessary.

"Obviously it's an upsetting time for both of us," Havoc said.

"It's very important however to both Claire and I that we remain the good friends we have always been."

And Chitham who played Outrageous Fortune's sexy siren Aurora until her character died in 2007 echoed Havoc's comments to the Sunday Star-Times: "It is sad for us both and we remain best mates".

The celebrity duo starting dating in 2001 then wed at an exclusive beach retreat in Hawke's Bay five years later.

It is not known exactly when the star couple split but they are no longer sharing their west Auckland home in the Waitakere Ranges.

It's understood Chitham has remained in the matrimonial home.

In a March edition of New Zealand Woman's Weekly the couple appeared in a two-page spread talking lovingly about one another and their plans to start a family.

Havoc spoke proudly of his wedding day, saying he "couldn't imagine a better day in my life" and said of their recent anniversary: "We had a home-cooked meal and did lots of reminiscing about that period in our lives."

Asked by the magazine about their plans to start a family, Havoc turned to his wife and said: "Um, Claire ... I turn 39 this year, so please hurry up."

The couple have both enjoyed many years as classic Kiwi personalities, both starring in a range of media and acting roles.

Havoc was lead singer of the glam metal band Push Push, best known for two 1991 No 1 singles What My Baby Likes and Trippin.

Since the early 1990s he has been involved with student radio station bFM, hosting both the breakfast and drive time shows.

His TV credits include co-hosting several series of his self-titled magazine-style show Havoc with Jeremy "Newsboy" Wells.

Chitham who became a Kiwi favourite as Shortland Street receptionist Waverly Wilson has appeared in Australian shows Neighbours and Canal Road.

Her latest role was in Legend of the Seeker, an off-shoot of Xena.

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