Former Take That favourite Mark Owen has split with his girlfriend of two years - because his resurrected fame has put too much pressure on their relationship.

Reports claim the pair agreed to separate because Owen - who wowed 125,000 fans when he performed with former bandmate Robbie Williams at the FEEL star's Knebworth, England gig on Sunday (03AUG03) - wasn't ready to marry his sexy lover CHLOE BAILEY.

Music insiders also believe Owen, whose comeback single FOUR MINUTE WARNING is at number four in Britain's midweek chart, has caused upset in their romance because he's often away on promotional trips.

A source at the hunky singer's record label, UNIVERSAL, says, "Chloe started hinting it was time they got married. But Mark wasn't so sure. As much as he loves Chloe, he was nervous about getting married.

"Chloe has been very supportive while he has been trying to make a go of his music so it came as a shock when he wasn't around."

07/08/2003 02:23