Kate Ritchie has been battling persistent rumours that her seven-year marriage to Stuart Webb is in trouble.
And late last month, the couple did little to shut down the speculation when they were spotted looking rather strained in a Sydney park.
The pair engaged in an awkward public display of affection, with sportsman Stuart, 37, appearing to comfort Kate, 39, who appeared downcast and deep in thought.
Is everything OK? Kate Ritchie and husband Stuart Webb engaged in very awkward PDA during an outing in Sydney late last month following rumours of troubles in their marriage
Kate and Stuart dropped their three-year-old daughter Mae off at school, before taking their dog for a morning walk together.
But the former Home and Away star appeared in a very sombre state of mind, with a black baseball cap pulled down low to shield her eyes.
Stuart placed his arm around his wife’s shoulders in an apparent attempt to comfort her, but she seemed somewhat reluctant.
What’s going on? The former Home and Away star appeared in a very sombre state of mind, with a black baseball cap pulled down low to shield her eyes
Awkward Stuart placed his arm around his wife’s shoulders in an apparent attempt to comfort her, but she seemed somewhat reluctant
Feeling sad? Kate stood gazing at the ground, as her husband held her tightly
At one point, the former NRL player cuddled Kate from behind, as she stared sadly into the distance.
She then stood gazing at the ground, as Stuart held her tightly.
Later, the pair were seen walking with a large distance between them as they made their way along a beachside path.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Kate Ritchie’s representatives for comment.
‘There’s no point in getting bogged down about what other people think’ Last December, Kate addressed rumours of marriage trouble in an interview with Stellar magazine
‘It doesn’t hurt my feelings, not anymore’ Kate insisted at the time that she wasn’t bothered by split rumours
Last December, Kate addressed rumours of marriage trouble in an interview with Stellar magazine.
‘It doesn’t hurt my feelings, not anymore,’ she said at the time.
‘I think in the old days it did. There’s no point in getting bogged down about what other people think is happening in my life.’
Kate also claimed that she and Bec Hewitt, her former co-star on Home and Away, often joke about which one of them makes it into the gossip magazines.
‘The only positive in having the magazines write about my love life is that I know the Hewitts are getting a week off,’ she joked.
Sombre While walking their dog, the couple appeared to keep a distance between them while strolling along a beachside path
Downcast Kate kept her head down as she held the dog’s leash
Kate and Stuart married in an intimate country-style wedding in 2010, a year after getting engaged while on holiday in Europe.
In August 2014, they welcomed their daughter Mae into the world.
Having a child inspired Kate to write her first children’s book, I Just Couldn’t Wait To Meet You.
Speculation of a breakup began after Kate and Stuart bought a new house in the Southern Highlands in 2016.
The Daily Telegraph previously alleged the couple were living separately, with Stuart residing in their new home, while Kate remained in Sydney with their daughter.
Whispers Speculation of a breakup began after Kate and Stuart bought a new house in the Southern Highlands in 2016
Parents The couple were seen dropped off their three-year-old daughter Mae at school
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