Jason Byrne has split from his wife of 14 years, Brenda.
According to the Irish Mail on Sunday, the Irish comedian separated from his wife six months ago, and he’s since moved out of their family home in Old Town in north Dublin.
The former couple – who are parents to two children Devin, 18, and Daniel, 11 – simply drifted apart, according to a friend.
A pal told the MoS, “Jason is a loving father but I suppose, one of the downfalls of his success as a comic is that he is away a lot.”
“He could be in Australia for a month at a time. That is difficult for anyone and I suppose, the marriage suffered. The break-up is as amicable as it can be for the sake of the children.”
“Both Jason and Brenda are devastated but they are adults and just trying to make the best of a bad situation. Look, it is very sad and they just want to get on with their lives but they just don’t want to talk about it.”
“Brenda never courted the public life and left that side of things to Jason. She hopes to be afforded the privacy to continue on like that.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Jason confirmed the split, but said he would not be commenting further.
Jason and Brenda met in The Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay back in 1998. They got engaged in 2003, before tying the knot the following year.