Soap stars Courtney Hope and Chad Duell recently broke up, just eight weeks after celebrating a lavish wedding in Malibu, Calif., In September. The couple dated for five years before getting engaged on Valentine’s Day. Hope, 32, stars as Sally Spectra in The young and the restless, while Duell, 34, plays Michael Corinthos on General hospital.
The former couple called “quietly” to separate, Collection of serials reported Monday. A source also said PEOPLE Hope and Duell have gone their separate ways. They haven’t posted a post about their split on their Instagram pages, although they have both removed references to their marriage.
Hope and Duell had an elaborate “Till Death” themed wedding in Malibu, both wearing matching red ensembles while their guests were all black. Katrina Bowden and Katherine Kelly Lang, who starred in Love glory and beauty with Hope, attended the wedding. The young and the restless stars Tracey Bregman and Hunter King were also in attendance.
When they posted photos of the wedding on Instagram, Hope thanked everyone “for joining us in celebrating our love.” Hope called the wedding “the perfect gothic night, surrounded by those we cherish the most.” Hope also thanked the designer for her dress, which included lace leggings and a “Till Death” veil. She “envisioned this dress for years,” Hope wrote.
Duell and Hope started dating in 2016. On Valentine’s Day, Duell surprised Hope by proposing to Point Dume in Malibu. On the morning of proposal day, Duell gave Hope a dozen roses and a teddy bear, and told her they were going to the beach for a picnic, Hope said. PEOPLE in February. He also planned to give her a special gift. When she started to eat, she realized that Duell was ready to give her the gift.
âThen he told me to close my eyes and turn the other way because he had to ‘put something in place’,â Hope said. “Then he groped comically behind me to distract me from what he was really doing – and when I turned around he was on his knees!” Hope said Duell was “so romantic so when he planned a picnic I wasn’t too shocked.” Hope posted photos with her engagement ring on Instagram at the time, but those have since been deleted as well.
This is Duell’s second divorce. He was previously married to Taylor Novak for less than six months in 2012 before the marriage was called off. Duell has joined General hospital in 2010, while Hope joined The young and the restless last year after three years Love glory and beauty.