Amanda Owen’s stepdaughter lifts lid on ‘heartache’ behind Ravenseat after dad’s split
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Amanda Owen’s stepdaughter, Rosie, has lifted the lid on her experience growing up on Ravenseat Farm. Unlike Amanda and Clive Owen’s nine children, Rosie links the 2,000-acre farm to previous heartbreak.
She said: “Millions tune in to see this idyllic farm on the TV but they don’t know the heartache behind it.”
Rosie is one of Clive’s two children from his first marriage.
Shee was three-years-old when her family moved to Ravenseat in 1989, and her idyllic country lifestyle began.
However, the bucolic dream came to a bitter end when six years later, her parents split up after 13 years together.
The couple cited “falling out of love” as the reason behind their marriage breakdown, and Rosie’s mother moved her and her older brother to Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, with her.
Rosie found out about Clive’s budding romance with Amanda after finding a Valentine’s Day card signed “Love, Amanda” in his car.
During one of her weekend visits to her dad, Rosie met Amanda.
“She was sitting in the kitchen with my mother, talking. I can’t remember what they were talking about.
“I think my mother introduced me to her and I thought, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful’.
“She was quite pleasant, said hello and off she went.
“They weren’t arguing,” she added to the Sun.
Rosie was then asked to be a bridesmaid at Clive and Amanda’s 2000 wedding.
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But she could not help but have negative thoughts about the new union.
She continued: “On the eve of the wedding I started crying because I was worried about losing my dad. It was awful.
“I used to feel really self-conscious, thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me? What have I done? Am I saying and doing the right things?’”
Talking about the prospect of new Our Yorkshire Farm episodes coming out soon, Rosie candidly explained she would not be able to bring herself to watch the programme.
She admitted previous attempts to watch the show have brought her to tears.
Rosie said: “I attempted to watch the show the first few times but I lasted about five minutes and ended up in tears.
“So I switched off and have never watched anything since. I immediately turn it over.
“It breaks my heart because it is like watching a past that I haven’t been in for years. It’s like a family that I’d love to belong to but I just don’t.”
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