Opinion & Debate

Published on January 25th, 2014 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Married but living apart – the ideal relationship set-up?

Newly released figures show that almost 700,000 happily married couples in the UK choose to live apart.

Central London appears to be the hotspot for such arrangements, as well as within immigrant families, where people have come to the UK to work, leaving their spouses abroad.

The data comes from the Office for National Statistics and charts the make-up of households in every local authority in the UK. It details characteristics such as an area’s prevalence of lone parents, families with children and divorcees.

Overall only 1.4 per cent of the total population over the age of 16 were identified as living in long-distance marriages, but some parts of London had more than FOUR times that.

So could this be the ideal way to ensure a harmonious, non-claustrophobic relationship where you don’t feel your other half is constantly under your feet? It seems to work very well for happily married next door neighbours Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton…



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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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