Ashley Banjo and his ex-wife Francesca reunited on Christmas Eve with their two young children after announcing their separation.
The Ice Dancing judge, 31, and Francesca are childhood sweethearts and were together for 16 years, married for seven years — before revealing this week that they split 18 months ago.
But they didn’t let their separation get in the way of presenting Little Rose, three, and Micah, two, on an exciting Christmas Eve at Marsh Farm’s Father Christmas Experience where they met Father Christmas.
Co-parenting: Ashley Banjo and his ex-wife Francesca reunited for a Christmas Eve full of family fun with their two young children meeting Santa and getting into the festive spirit
Shared to her 110,000 Instagram followers, Francesca thanked her followers for their ‘love and support’ before wishing them a Merry Christmas.
She posted a short clip of herself with Ashley flashing a smile to the camera as the father-of-two holds his children in his arms.
The photo was taken just before they headed to Marsh Farm in Essex.
In another clip shared with her Instagram followers, Francesca put together different parts of their special family day.
Split: They didn’t let their separation get in the way of presenting Little Rose, Three, and Mika, Two, on their exciting Christmas Eve at Father Christmas Experience at Marsh Farm
“A little Christmas magic with a visit from the big guy himself,” she wrote, while Ashley captioned the globe and a heart emoji.
The exes received praise in the comments section as fans praised their ability to co-parent.
One wrote, “I absolutely love the co-parenting you two do for your kids. I’m totally in awe as me and my ex/younger dad and I can’t do this.
We are in constant arguments, which is sad for my two children. I praise both of you ❤.
FESTIVE: Francesca shared to 110k Instagram followers, thanking her followers for their ‘love and support’ before wishing them a Merry Christmas
Similarly, another added: “Nice at raising children!” while a third said: “Amazing how you can stay so close to Ashes and give your children the best life possible. Happy birthday to all of you xx.”
It was only a day before Christmas Eve when Ashley and Francesca revealed the news of their separation to their 1.1 million followers.
Both took to their Instagrams on Thursday to announce that they decided to separate 18 months ago.
They wrote that their main priority will be the co-parenting of their two children, Rose, three, and Mika, two.
Ashley and Francesca said: “After much thought and consideration, we feel the time has come to share some personal news.
Split: The Ice Dancing judge, 31, and Francesca are childhood sweethearts who have been together for 16 years; They got engaged in 2014 and tied the knot in 2015
Almost 18 months ago we made the difficult decision to separate. Having been together for over 16 years, since we were teenagers, this decision was not taken lightly.
It wasn’t easy and the handling of the situation wasn’t quick in any way. But we feel that as we head into the new year, it’s time to share this news with others.
Our main focus will always be on our beautiful children. Every decision made is to ensure that we can continue as a loving family and give the best of ourselves as parents.
Statement: Both took to their Instagram on Thursday to announce that they had decided to separate 18 months ago
“Raising roses and mica in a healthy and happy environment is the most important thing for both of us.
Sometimes, after so many years, people move in different directions, but we do it lovingly and keep trying to be the best parents we can and best friends to one another.
We have always treated our personal lives with privacy, so we ask everyone to continue to respect this privacy. We will not make any further comment on the situation.
They concluded: “Thank you… much love Ashes and Chess x”
Francesca Ashley last posted on her Instagram on Oct. 4 wishing him a happy birthday.
Parenting: The couple said their main focus will be on their two children, Rose and Mika, after they separated 18 months ago
She wrote: “Happy birthday @ashleybanjogram. We love you more than we could possibly say in a comment.
Everything you do, everything you offer, and how tirelessly you work with us. happy birthday. We love you so much ❤️ xxxx.
Ashley previously discussed the couple’s “difficult” journey of pregnancy and the excitement of being a father for the first time during an interview in Lorraine.
Speaking of his 10 out of 10 excitement at the impending birth, he said, “There is no number.
“Honestly, it’s really fanciful to me to think there’s a little Banjo on the way, little girl.”
Speaking to The Sun previously, Ashley admitted it was tough when his busy schedule kept him away from his family.
Describing his life at the time as “wonderful” parenting, he said: “You always hear the life-changing words when you have children, but you never know what it’s like until you experience it.
Separation: Ashley previously discussed the couple’s “difficult” journey of pregnancy and the excitement of being a father for the first time during an interview on Lauren
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