Jay Blades is seen for the first time since marriage split as he goes without wedding ring during drive in Shropshire

Jay Blades has been seen for the first time since his wife Lisa Marie Zbozen announced the couple had split after 18 months of marriage.

The Repair Shop star, 54, was spotted driving in Shropshire, not far from where he runs his companty Jay and Co.

The TV star was not wearing his wedding ring as he headed out in his black Land Rover Range Rover.

Jay looked dapper for the outing as he sported a crisp white shirt along with a dark waistcoat and glasses.

He maintained a sombre expression during the drive which comes just weeks afer his split from Lisa was confirmed.

Jay Blades has been seen for the first time since his wife Lisa Marie Zbozen announced the couple had split after 18 months of marriage

Jay Blades has been seen for the first time since his wife Lisa Marie Zbozen announced the couple had split after 18 months of marriage

The Repair Shop star, 54, was spotted driving in Shropshire, not far from where he runs his companty Jay and Co

The Repair Shop star, 54, was spotted driving in Shropshire, not far from where he runs his companty Jay and Co

The TV star was not wearing his wedding ring as he headed out in his black Land Rover Range Rover

The TV star was not wearing his wedding ring as he headed out in his black Land Rover Range Rover

Lisa walked out on Jay, 54, earlier this month, saying their 18-month marriage 'just got worse and worse, until I grabbed a bag of a few things and I left'.

It was announced that Jay would be taking time away from TV in light of the separation - which came soon after the murder of his uncle. 

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Lisa shared an emotional poem by Billie Brooks, which spoke of trusting that 'someday soon this pain you are feeling won't be so unbearable'. 

Lisa announced her split from the TV star who she married in November 2022, in an emotional social media post on May 2.  

She said: 'I have been quiet until now, but the papers seem to be picking up this story, but some parts have been definitely missed, so it's forced my hand...

'This was the whole post on a private forum: I don't know how to say this because it's still really raw.

'I probably should be really angry but I'm just incredibly sad about the whole thing right now. I don't think I've ever cried so much.

'I wanted my husband to love me & keep me safe, and I would love him right back, but it just got worse and worse, until I grabbed a bag of a few thing's & I just left. Anyway, That's why there's been no new wkouts [workouts].'

Fitness instructor Lisa walked out on Jay earlier this month, saying their 18-month marriage 'just got worse and worse, until I grabbed a bag of a few things and I left'

Fitness instructor Lisa walked out on Jay earlier this month, saying their 18-month marriage 'just got worse and worse, until I grabbed a bag of a few things and I left'

In a statement posted on Instagram, Lisa said: 'I don't know how to say this because it's still really raw'

In a statement posted on Instagram, Lisa said: 'I don't know how to say this because it's still really raw'

In another post, she said: 'I will admit I'm crying as I type this as I can't believe this is even real. I hope you don't mind if I just have a few days trying to figure out my life as I'm currently in a spare room with a few essentials.

'I don't know what else to say. All my love, A very broken Lisa-Marie x.'

It all came as Jay was expected to be back filming the hugely-popular BBC show The Repair Shop but had reportedly been absent on set.

Last week, MailOnline revealed that Jay would be 'given the time' he needed to deal with personal issues impacting his life.

Amid reports that Jay had thrown BBC's The Repair Shop filming into chaos, a source has confirmed to MailOnline that the presenter is being 'given the space' he needs to get 'his head straight'. 

The insider said: 'Jay is a much-loved member of the team on The Repair Shop. It is a really close-knit group, who are like a family.

'Jay will be given the time he needs to deal with things and sort out what he needs to get sorted.

'He's been through a really difficult time with his uncle and now he is having to deal with the breakdown of his marriage.

'The BBC fully expect Jay to return but they won't be rushing or pushing him to come back before he is ready and he'll be given the space to sort things out and get his head straight.'

Reports recently suggested that the Christmas special of the Repair Shop was in jeopardy due to Jay's absence.

But MailOnline later understood that this was not the case.

Lisa announced that she had ended her marriage with Blades with a surprise post on social media in the early hours of Thursday (seen on wedding day)

Lisa announced that she had ended her marriage with Blades with a surprise post on social media in the early hours of Thursday (seen on wedding day)

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The source added: 'Filming for the Christmas show is almost wrapped up. There's no chance it won't go out. It's one of the jewels in the crown.'

Just a week before his marriage split was confirmed, Jay revealed that his uncle Richard Brathwaite had been killed.

Jay announced that he would be taking time away from social media to process his grief following the death of his uncle, Richard, 72.

Richard was stabbed to death on a quiet residential street in North London in March.

The Old Bailey heard that the killing came after a 'long-running neighbour dispute'.

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