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Snooker legend Stephen Hendry ‘walks out on wife and kids for actress’

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Snooker legend Stephen Hendry has reportedly left his wife of 19 years "heartbroken" after walking out on her and his two sons for an actress.

Hendry has left his family and is now seeing 26-year-old Lauren Thundow - who has appeared in kids' stage productions - according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The 46-year-old is understood to have left the family home in Perthshire, Scotland, which he shared with wife Mandy, also 46, and boys Blaine (17) and Carter (nine).

Thundow, who is 20 years Hendry's junior, has starred in a stage production of the TV show Noddy in Toyland and is an aspiring actress.

Mandy Hendry told the Daily Mail: "Following Stephen's retirement I had been looking forward to spending more time as a family watching our boys growing up together.

"I am heartbroken that Stephen has made the decision to leave the marital home, relocate to England and pursue a new relationship with someone else.

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"This is a very difficult time for myself and my family, however my main priority is the well-being of my children, Blaine and Carter, during this period of transition," she added.

"This is a very trying and emotional time, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."

The seven-time world champion married Mandy in Perthshire in 1995 - 11 years after they first met at the age of just 16.

According to the paper, Hendry met Thundow last July while working on the Legends Tour.

Thundow played robot Whiz in the anniversary stage show of Noddy in Toyland.

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