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Donal MacIntyre's wife Ameera accuses him of being a 'lying cheating scumbag'

  • Ameera MacIntyre apparently posted photo of the couple and their children
  • The 39-year-old then wrote the comments underneath the family picture
  • Friends then comforted Ms MacIntyre, who has been married for nine years
  • Spokesman for Mr MacIntyre, 49, said it was a 'difficult time' for the family  

By Steph Cockroft for MailOnline

Published: 04:01 EST, 14 October 2015 | Updated: 09:18 EST, 14 October 2015

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TV investigator Donal MacIntyre's marriage appeared to be in crisis last night after his wife branded him 'a lying, cheating scumbag' on Facebook and said she was 'praying for my babies'.

Ameera MacIntyre, who has been married to the award-winning journalist for nine years, made the comments on social media below a picture of the couple with their three children.

The 39-year-old continued her rant with the question: 'How could you ruin this beautiful family?'

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TV investigator Donal MacIntyre's marriage appeared to be in crisis last night after his wife Ameera (with whom he is pictured in 2012) branded him 'a lying, cheating scumbag'
The Sun reported that dozens of her friends then comforted the mother-of-three, with one asking: 'How could someone do this? Is there no hope?'

TV investigator Donal MacIntyre's marriage appeared to be in crisis last night after his wife Ameera (with whom he is pictured left in 2012 and right in 2005) branded him 'a lying, cheating scumbag'

The 39-year-old continued her rant with the question: 'How could you ruin this beautiful family?'

The 39-year-old continued her rant with the question: 'How could you ruin this beautiful family?'

Dozens of her friends then comforted the mother-of-three, with one asking: 'How could someone do this? Is there no hope?'

When television presenter Melinda Messenger said 'hope your [sic] ok' Ms MacIntyre replied: 'Thanks, we are all heartbroken. I'm praying for my babies to be brave.'

Just days before the incident Mr Macintyre appeared on Matthew Wright's Channel 5 show, on October 9, in which he discussed a letter written to Graham Norton's agony aunt column about a man whose wife had walked out on their marriage and children.

Asked for his view on the story, he said: 'I think he's grieving. It's a grieving process. But I think he shouldn't be a figure of fun. He is just grieving.

'Relationships are complicated and he is on the complicated outside. He is still in the family house, he is still with his kids. It is sad when relationships break up. But at the end of the day you can understand his pain, but eventually I think he'll see the light.' 

Ms MacIntyre appeared to be watching the show as she tweeted at the time: '@DonalMacIntyre @5WrightStuff great discussion on marriage vows/affairs really interesting #grassisnevergreener (sic)' 

When television presenter Melinda Messenger said 'hope your [sic] ok' Ms MacIntyre replied: 'Thanks, we are all heartbroken. I'm praying for my babies to be brave'

When television presenter Melinda Messenger said 'hope your [sic] ok' Ms MacIntyre replied: 'Thanks, we are all heartbroken. I'm praying for my babies to be brave'

After her husband appeared on the Channel 5 show Ms MacIntyre tweeted at the time: '@DonalMacIntyre @5WrightStuff great discussion on marriage vows/affairs really interesting #grassisnevergreener (sic)'

After her husband appeared on the Channel 5 show Ms MacIntyre tweeted at the time: '@DonalMacIntyre @5WrightStuff great discussion on marriage vows/affairs really interesting #grassisnevergreener (sic)'

The 49-year-old journalist's Twitter account appears to have since been deleted.

A spokesman for Mr MacIntyre said: 'We won't be making any further comment. It is of course a difficult time for the family and everyone close is giving the best support to both Donal and Ameera.'

The couple's two oldest children are Allegra, 12, and Tiger-Willow, eight. Ms MacIntyre gave birth to their youngest, Hunter, three, despite suffering a brain tumour supposed to make women infertile.

In a photoshoot unveiling Hunter, Mr MacIntyre, who was a runner-up in ITV's Dancing on Ice, told Hello! magazine: 'It's a bit of a miracle. I feel so lucky for everything I have.'

At the premier of Disney movie Tangled in January 2011, Mr MacIntyre, when asked if he was 'the romantic type', said: 'I'll be a hero to my girls - I'm sure my wife would disagree.'   

When one concerned Twitter follower asked if her husband had deleted his account, Ms MacIntyre said yes

When one concerned Twitter follower asked if her husband had deleted his account, Ms MacIntyre said yes

The Dublin-born journalist has reported for BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel Five from war zones and has also gone undercover infiltrating criminal gangs and sex-slave traffickers. 

Mr MacIntyre has previously acknowledged the price he and his wife have paid for his award-winning activities.

He's moved home 50 times in the last decade - at least seven times since he married - to avoid reprisals from those he has exposed.

In 2010, a man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for ABH on the couple in a revenge attack for his investigation into the Chelsea Headhunters football hooligans.

The attack took place outside a bar in East Molesey. Mr MacIntyre suffered a black eye and a cut to his face, while Ms MacIntyre, who had a brain tumour at the time and was due to have a scan the next day, also suffered bruising to her face, arms and legs. 

The couple's two oldest children are Allegra, 12, and Tiger-Willow, eight. Ms MacIntyre gave birth to their youngest, Hunter, three, despite suffering a brain tumour supposed to make women infertile

The reporter also posed as a drug-dealing Ulster loyalist to infiltrate the gang. His exposé on the BBC's MacIntyre Undercover programme led to the convictions of five men. 

Ms MacIntyre, who used to be a dolphin trainer, was previously diagnosed with pituitary tumour, a non-malignant and dormant tumour, which can be stabilised with medication but has to be monitored regularly.

The pituitary gland sits in the centre of the brain and is vital for producing hormones. If tumours occur there they are mostly benign but can grow and exert pressure on the brain and the optic nerves. 

The Twitter page of Mr MacIntyre, who was in ITV's Dancing on Ice (pictured), has since been taken down 

The Twitter page of Mr MacIntyre, who was in ITV's Dancing on Ice (pictured), has since been taken down 

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