Gemma Oaten splits from boyfriend Andy Barnes

Gemma Oaten splits from boyfriend Andy Barnes

Gemma Oaten has split from her boyfriend of five months.

The 'Emmerdale' actress - who battled anorexia as a child and teenager - is said to be trying to remain "strong" after boyfriend Andy Barnes reportedly ended their relationship due to the strain of life in the limelight.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Gemma really thought Andy was for keeps. He was being very intense and had been with her at her family home.

"Then last Monday he turned round out of the blue and ended it. It was bit of a shock to say the least.

"But Gemma is a strong woman, she has been through a lot and won't let this get her down. It is especially difficult for her as her Granddad passed away recently."

The 30-year-old star, who plays Rachel Breckle, previously spoke of how she fell for Andy after he tried to charm her by revealing he'd starred in three episodes of the ITV soap, not realising she'd been in it for three years.

She said at the time: "It was funny. He was trying to impress me with his three episodes but he didn't know what job I did.

"His poor face completely dropped when I said. He asked, 'How many episodes?' and I was like, 'Nearly three years'.

"I would love nothing more than to have kids. I am very maternal. But not just yet, I've been playing a lot of catch-up.

"I've just met a wonderful man - it's my time at the minute and our time. My sister had her third kid at 38 so I know there is lots of time."