Rylan Clark-Neal returns to BBC Radio 2 for the first time after announcing split from husband Dan


Rylan Clark-Neal returned to BBC Radio 2 for the first time on Saturday since his 10-week break from the show after his marital split from husband Dan.  

The presenter, 32, made the decision to step back from the airwaves in June after announcing his break up and said he was prioritising his mental heath.

Speaking on the show, Rylan told his listeners: ‘It does feel good to be back and I am feeling better!’

Back to business: Rylan Clark-Neal was seen back at BBC Radio 2 studios on Saturday, for the first time since his 10-week break due to the breakdown of his relationship with husband Dan

The popular host added: ‘It’s been a couple of months but we are back in business and we have a show for you today!’ 

Following his welcome return to the airwaves he thanked listeners for their many messages of support.   

One called in to say: ‘We’re so happy to have you back. We hope you’re feeling better’ and he replied: ‘I am thank you.’

Another said: ‘Lovely to hear your voice again and hope the show goes well. Welcome home.’ He responded: ‘Lots of love. It does feel good to be back. It is so lovely to be back.’

Breakup: Rylan made the decision to step back from the airwaves in June after announcing his split from husband (pictured in 2017) and said he was prioritising his mental heath

Breakup: Rylan made the decision to step back from the airwaves in June after announcing his split from husband (pictured in 2017) and said he was prioritising his mental heath

Rylan told JLS guests Aston Merrygold and Marvin Humes: ‘I am very well’ when they asked how he was. 

He opened his show after 10 weeks away by saying: ‘It really is me. Welcome back to ‘Rylan on Saturday.’

‘Well, a lovely afternoon to you lovely lot. You are listening to Rylan on Saturday and it is good to be back in the seat and a massive thank you to Vernon (Kay), to Gary (Davies), to Oti (Mabuse) and to Cat Deely for keeping this seat and my little baby lovely and warm.

‘When we’re allowed I’ll give you all a big cuddle. Thank you so so much. Secondly a massive thank you to you, the lovely listeners and thank you for all your lovely messages.

Kind: The presenter, 32, cut a sombre figure in all-black for his show, but nevertheless displayed his unfaltering friendly demeanour, as he greeted fans outside the London building

Kind: The presenter, 32, cut a sombre figure in all-black for his show, but nevertheless displayed his unfaltering friendly demeanour, as he greeted fans outside the London building

‘I’ve got some brilliant music for you. You might have missed me but I know you missed her too – Mummy Linda is back on Radio 2. She’s the most important person!’    

Rylan cut a sombre figure in an all-black outfit for his afternoon show, but nevertheless displayed his unfaltering friendly demeanour, as he greeted fans outside the London building.

The radio host was seen wearing a black polo neck with skinny jeans, highlighting his slim frame. 

He opted for black suede boots while showcasing his expensive taste with a Supreme bag and Gucci belt.

Black is always in fashion: The radio host was seen wearing a black polo neck with skinny jeans, highlighting his slim frame as he was seen exiting a taxi

Black is always in fashion: The radio host was seen wearing a black polo neck with skinny jeans, highlighting his slim frame as he was seen exiting a taxi 

Rylan was preened to perfection as he swept his raven locks back with the help of hair gel and sported a neatly trimmed beard. 

Zoe Ball confirmed his return during her radio show on Wednesday morning, telling listeners: ‘I have some really wonderful news to share with you Radio 2 listeners.  

‘Our dear friend and station buddy Rylan is gonna be back to his show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday.

‘I know we’ve all missed him so much, so many of you wonderful listeners have reached out and sent him so much love. But he’s gonna be back to his show. Oh I’ve missed you Rylan. 3pm to 6pm on Saturday.’

Groomed: Rylan was preened to perfection as he swept his raven locks back with the help of hair gel and sported a neatly trimmed beard

Groomed: Rylan was preened to perfection as he swept his raven locks back with the help of hair gel and sported a neatly trimmed beard

She added: ‘He’s made of magic that one, so we’ll welcome him back with big arms. I might even come in and do that running along the platform thing where you run to give someone a hug, and then run straight past them.’ 

The star, who rose to fame on X Factor nine years ago, revealed in June that he and Dan had split after six years of marriage and made the decision to step back from work.  

Taking to Instagram in July, he penned: ‘I just wanted to write a message to thank you all for the love and kindness you have shown us.

Celebrity spotting: He had a brief conversation with a passerby before entering the radio studio

Celebrity spotting: He had a brief conversation with a passerby before entering the radio studio 

‘We are currently prioritising our mental health and looking after the ones around us we love the most. I am working towards getting back to the jobs I love in due course. Thank you for being patient with me X’.

Rylan is reportedly set to make his television comeback on Strictly Come Dancing’s spin-off, It Takes Two.

According to reports in The Sun, the presenter will return to the BBC2 show after co-presenting it alongside Zoe Ball for the past two years.

Sweet interaction: Despite going through a challenging time, Rylan warmly smiled at the woman

Sweet interaction: Despite going through a challenging time, Rylan warmly smiled at the woman 

With 50-year-old Zoe quitting It Takes Two back in May, Rylan will allegedly sit alongside Strictly professional Janette Manrara, 37, for the extra ballroom dancing installment which is starting soon. 

A source revealed to the publication that Rylan has missed working and is ‘hopeful’ he will be back on fans’ screens soon.

They said: ‘Rylan’s spent time away from the spotlight focusing on his wellbeing surrounded by friends and family.

‘It’s all looking positive and the team at It Takes Two always have a lot of fun filming. It’s a joyful show to work on.

Split: The star, who rose to fame on X Factor nine years ago, revealed in June that he and Dan had split after six years of marriage and made the decision to step back from work

Split: The star, who rose to fame on X Factor nine years ago, revealed in June that he and Dan had split after six years of marriage and made the decision to step back from work

‘Of course, everyone backstage wants what’s best for Rylan and aren’t putting pressure on him.’

MailOnline contacted representatives for Rylan and Strictly Come Dancing for comment at the tine.

Last month it was revealed that former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell are ‘amongst the stars rallying around the presenter’ who is in a ‘very dark place’ amid the breakdown of his marriage.

It was reported that Katie Price, 43, has been his ‘rock’ as he comes to term with what has happened, while Ruth Langsford has also been offering her support.

A source told Closer: ‘Katie Price in particular has been his rock over the last few weeks, and given she’s been through three marriage splits herself, she understands the torment he’s going through.

‘Nicole has also been messaging him and has given him a list of books that have helped her through painful break-ups.’

The source further revealed to the publication that Rylan was in a ‘very dark place’ but found it ‘hugely comforting’ to have his friends supporting him.

Grateful: The star took to Instagram at the beginning of July to write a message to his 1.4million followers

Grateful: The star took to Instagram at the beginning of July to write a message to his 1.4million followers 



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