Inside Martine McCutcheon’s feud with best friend who almost ruined her wedding

She’s known for her iconic role in the festive romantic comedy Love Actually and causing chaos on Albert Square on EastEnders.

Yet in recent years, Martine McCutcheon has taken a step back from her acting days to focus on her marriage to Jack McManus and bringing up their eight-year-old son Rafferty.

But it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the couple after the brunette beauty’s big day was almost derailed by some serious beef between herself and her best friend.

As the loving mum prepares to celebrate her 46th birthday in style, Daily Star have taken a look inside her ongoing feud with her former friend.

Back in 2012, her BFF dramatically quit her role as chief bridesmaid as she branded the singer and actress “evil and vindictive” days before she was due to walk down the aisle.

The doting mum and her former close pal Kim Crawford had been best friends for nearly 14 years when their relationship crashed and burned just 10 days before she was due to tie the knot.

It was reported at the time the breakdown in their friendship all started when Martine told Kim that her husband Jason had kissed another woman on his stag do two years earlier.

The pair had reportedly been celebrating over a glass of champagne in Paris after Martine jetted over for a fitting, when the star exposed the infidelity.

And it’s fair to say Kim was far from impressed at the allegation as she went on to publicly speak out against the star days later.

She told The Sun at the time: “I was distraught and it felt as if Martine was enjoying watching me in pain. But when I confronted Jason about it later, he was devastated – he had never kissed anyone else. It was all malicious lies to throw a spanner in the works.”

Furious at her accusation, Kim sent Martine an email to inform her she was pulling out of the wedding and went on to accuse her of acting like “a spoilt child.”

And it is understood that the former soap star – who had initially believed her friend would laugh off the accusations – replied saying that Kim was welcome to step down as chief bridesmaid if she couldn’t bear seeing how happy the bride to be and her fiancé were.

Kim went on: “This is typical Matine, stirring things up. She is a manipulative b***h, destructive and cruel.

“Martine is just one of those people who is so demanding that she won’t ever be truly happy. It’s sad really.”

“We haven’t spoken since and I don’t want anything to do with her. She’s evil, nasty and vindictive and I believe she’s jealous of my relationship,” she added.

It is unknown if the pair ever made up after the fall out more than 10 years ago, but Martine has never mentioned her row since the incident.

The happy couple went ahead with their wedding plans and said ‘I do’ on the romantic shore of Lake Como, Italy.

But the big day didn’t go as smoothly as planned, after the singer told Hello! Magazine how her veil set on fire while they were exchanging their vows.

She confessed to the publication: “I wish we’d have practices talking in the microphone because my husband set my veil on fire when he put the microphone down on the table, then I had to reach over the candelabra to reach the microphone and get it.

“And you literally see someone’s hands in the vide, like putting out the fire on my veil. So I wish we’d gone through the vows.”

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