London: Actress-singer Denise Van Outen says her marriage has been under "massive strain" because she and her husband Lee Mead, theatre actor, spend a lot of time away from each other.
The stress was clearly reflecting on her face as she stepped out in London this week, reports dailymail.co.uk.
Though she was looking fabulous in an off-shoulder salmon jumper and leggings, she couldn`t get a smile on her face.
"To be honest, it is really difficult. We just haven`t seen each other. I started on `Strictly Come Dancing Star` in September and we`ve been like passing ships in the night. I`m not going to lie, it`s been a massive strain on the relationship," she said.
The couple takes turn to look after their two-year-old daughter Betsy.
In the last few months of 2012 Denise was busy rehearsing for "Strictly Come Dancing Star", while Mead was touring and performing.