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It’s Life, Jim

by | 2nd, June 2003

‘HOW often do we see life imitating art?

Suranne and Jim in happier days – just after they’d received the OK! cheque

On EastEnders, Barry Evans is a fat, irritating loser. In real life, actor Shaun Williamson is a fat, irritating loser.

On Coronation Street, Karen’s marriage to Steve McDonald has crumbled; in real life, actress Suranne Jones has broken off her engagement to IT consultant Jim Phelan.

The couple insist that there is no-one else involved and that they have just grown further apart.

Only four months ago the couple were grinning happily from the cover of OK! as they chatted exclusively to the magazine about their plans for the future.

Sadly, however, it seems that the intimate Catholic wedding (with 150 people at most) will never take place; the Coronation Street bridesmaids (Sally Lindsay, Angie Lonsdale and Jenny James) won’t get to put their best frocks on; and Suranne will have to slip the antique engagement ring (”the most beautiful ring I have ever seen in my life”) off her finger.

What will happen to the cheque OK! gave them for the 11-page spread is not so clear.

”We still love each other dearly and it is with deep regret that we have reached the decision to separate, but we share a large group of very close friends and will continue to see each other socially,” they said.

And, who knows? Maybe love will blossom again, Jim will come up with another fairy-tale proposal and once again OK! will be forced to get its chequebook out…

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