Nick Knowles and Jessica Moor’s four year marriage has dissolved into bitterness, with the DIY SOS star’s estranged wife taking to Twitter to make a series of allegations in an “open letter” about their divorce.
The couple share three-year-old son Eddie together and Jessica, 30, alleged Nick, 55, refused to pay for their son’s private education, as well as stating he was abusive towards her.
Nick is yet to respond publicly but sources close to the TV favourite insisted Jessica’s claims are “not true”, with an insider telling The Sun Online: “It’s just not true. Nick is one of the most generous men I know and has made substantial financial provision for Jess and Eddie as he does for other members of his family and his children. I am 100 per cent sure that he will find a way of paying those school fees, although he will pay them direct to the school rather than increasing her allowance.
“He has put his other three children through private schools and he’s hardly going to make an exception for Eddie whom he absolutely adores.
“He won’t be drawn into a public slanging match with Jess and wishes her nothing but the best. For heaven’s sake, he took her and Eddie on a fantastic luxury holiday to Barbados just a month ago as friends – hardly the actions of a selfish man who won’t pay the bills.
“Jessica is just angry because she asked him to increase his already generous payments to her and he refused.”
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Jessica shared her lengthy statement on Friday, January 26, and insisted that Nick had cut the cash flow for their son’s education.
She wrote to her 5,700 followers: “As all parents can relate, children starting school is an incredibly emotional and happy time.
“This year parents, including myself, were invited to make their state school preferences for Gloucestershire by 15 by January 2018 for their child’s chosen school.
“I did not submit a submission for Eddie as as it has been long agreed by my (soon to be ex) husband that Eddie would be privately educated – a luxury he is in the position to afford, as he has done for all his other children.
“As such, Eddie is enrolled to start private school this September (a school that me and my husband visited and chose together) except that he won’t as I was advised by my husband’s solicitor that this offer has been withdrawn.
“After years of intimidation, emotional cruelty, physical abuse and eventually isolation (that I have kept silent about – of which I have diaries and images), this is the straw that broke the camels back.
“To add insult to injury – like many men in his position of wealth and power he has advised he will not pay any legal fees meaning that I cannot afford to fight for our son’s education.
“My husband has also said he will not purchase a house or give a settlement of any kind for us, this is disappointing but not unexpected – some people’s generosity is only present in front of the TV cameras.
“Since he was born my sole priority has been Eddie’s well being and I felt my silence was in his best interest but now I have to fight, which isn’t in my nature, but I’m fighting for my son. What mother wouldn’t.”
OK! Online has contacted a representative for Nick Knowles for comment.