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But while, understandably, that has put pressure on the relationship, friends say it has been her determination to be the perfect mother - indeed, she is an erstwhile Celebrity Mother Of The Year - which has driven such a huge wedge between the couple.
It's a really sad situation all round, but they are going to try to make this as amicable as possible for the children's sake."I don't think Wayne would even mind that, but Melinda refuses to let him make any decisions about the family, and that's hard for anyone to take." Those who know the couple well say the fractures in the marriage - which have now become a chasm - developed during the past two years after Melinda, 37, decided that traditional schools put too much focus on exams and homework.Because of this, she uprooted the family from their 25-room home in Wiltshire to move to Berkshire, near a school which does not teach reading until the age of seven. Morgan should be learning to read.' "He thought I'd gone mad and he wanted to move back to our old life.They created a dream house for themselves, turning a former pigsty into a stunning four-bedroom house on the banks of the River Kennet. "They're a very friendly couple," neighbour Pat Hawkins, 82, said this week.
"She offered to do my shopping when my sister was ill - she gave me her number and said, 'call me'.Before the split: Melinda with husband Wayne and their children (from left) Morgan, Evie and Flynn And she appeared on her own at last night's Baftas - again, not wearing her wedding ring.