Inside Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s love story including how they met and long distance

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Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's relationship is one of the strongest in showbiz, and the couple is currently working hard to renovate their dream home in Essex.

However, their relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing after various work commitments meant years of living apart.

Living on separate sides of the Atlantic was rumoured to put Mark and Michelle to the ultimate test and push their relationship to breaking point.

However, testament to their commitment to each other, the marriage remained strong throughout and survived the long-distance challenge. How did they get here? Let's take a look.

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Mark met Michelle in 2012 when he had risen to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, and she was starring as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street.

The pair met through mutual friends while they were each on separate holidays to Dubai.

In 2013, they made their romance public with a red carpet debut at the Inside Soap Awards, where they posed for photos together.

Nine months later, the couple headed back to Dubai, where a besotted Mark popped the question, and of course, Michelle said yes.

Mark told The Mirror after the proposal: "I've got now, for the first time in my life, what I've always wanted and what every boy dreams of – affection in a relationship, love, best friend, a girl I fancy… everything rolled into one."

Michelle later tweeted: "THANKYOU for all the lovely messages, and yes, it's true @markwright_ and I are engaged !! We are so SO happy 🙂 xxx""

They married in 2015 and chose their first song to be Time of Your Life from Dirty Dancing.

Michelle then landed a part in Our Girl, which meant months of filming in South Africa, which provided the newly married couple with their first challenge.

A friend of the pair told The Sun: "It's been a turbulent first year, and they've been apart much more than they've been together.

"Things between them are pretty volatile. When you add it up, they're just not sharing time, a bed, meals, days out, or chilling together the way couples need to."

After their second wedding anniversary, the long-distance grew even wider when Mark accepted a job as a presenter based in LA.

Hounded by split rumours, Michelle addressed the speculation in press interviews.

She told Fabulous magazine: "All the marriage reports are ridiculous. Our marriage is going really well. We're happy. I don't want to constantly say, 'We're happy, we're fine'' because why validate it."

Meanwhile, Mark wrote onInstagram: "To achieve any dream, you have to jump many hurdles…. you have to face ups and downs along the way and be prepared to do what it takes to conquer it.

"It may come to you quickly, or it may take a while, but in the end, if you want something bad enough, with hard work and determination you will achieve it."

Michelle revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show: "He got the job in LA while I was in Malaysia [filming Our Girl]."We were apart for about four months. It was really tough. People said how did you deal with it and stuff."

"Thank god for FaceTime and things like that."You're on a countdown the whole time to just get home. I had six months off when I went home, so I went to America"

In 2019, Mark quit his role on Extra to move back to the UK.

Speaking at the time, he said: "It just feels like the right time to come back to the UK and live here with my wife and family. I'll always be grateful to the show Extra for the amazing opportunity they gave me"

They are currently in the process of totally rebuilding the £1.3 million mock Tudor mansion they bought in 2019 to transform it into a true forever home.

When asked if the couple will have children on The Jonathan Ross Show, Michelle said: "Not yet. Everyone always asks that question. Don't get me wrong; I'm not getting any younger. My mum is on it as well. No plans yet, but we do want children in the future"

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