When were Paddy and Mandy married in Emmerdale and why did they split?

Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) is set to be brutally dumped by Kirk Dingle (Dominic Brunt) on Emmerdale next week.

The break up comes a month after Paddy caught Chas trying to cheat on him with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman).

Newer viewers may be shocked to hear that Chas is not the first Dingle that Paddy has been with – he has previously been married to Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) and Emily Dingle (Kate McGregor).

But when were Paddy Kirk and Mandy Dingle married, and why did they break up?

When were Paddy Kirk and Mandy Dingle married?

Mandy and Paddy married in 1999, a year after they met when he first appeared on the Dales in locum for Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell).

Paddy’s mother, Barbara Kirk (Judi Jones), originally thought Mandy was a tart and disapproved of her as match for her son.

Barbara offered Mandy money to marry someone else.

Needing money to stop her family from being evicted, Mandy took it and married her cousin, Butch Dingle (Paul Loughran).

However, things broke down between Mandy and Butch, and she started having an affair with Paddy behind Butch’s back.

Butch found out about the affair and broke up with her, so she ran back to Paddy.

Paddy was hesitant to take her back, but then the surprise birth of their daughter Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) on Christmas Day 1998 made him change his mind and the pair were quickly married.

Why did Paddy Kirk and Mandy Dingle split?

Mandy and Paddy divorced in 2001 after being married for two years.

Mandy began to feel inferior as Paddy was a university graduate and she was just a barmaid.

Paddy encouraged Mandy to enrol in a college course in Hotten, but this was the beginning of the end for the happy couple.

Whilst attending college, Mandy becomes attracted to her lecturer and they ended up having an affair.

Mandy was guilt-ridden and came clean to a heartbroken Paddy. Ashamed, she left the Dales to spend some time in London.

When she returned a year later, she found a happy Paddy settled down with Emily – Butch’s widow.

Emmerdale continues for a double bill tonight on ITV at 7pm.

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