Home and Away heartbreak: Soap star Emily Symons and partner Paul Jackson have separated less than a year after the miracle birth of their son following 'soul destroying' IVF treatment
Published: 23:12 BST, 23 July 2016 | Updated: 05:09 BST, 24 July 2016
Home and Away star Emily Symons has split from her partner just less than a year after giving birth to her much-longed-for baby boy.
The 46-year-old blonde actress and Nova Entertainment group programming director Paul Jackson have ended their relationship of almost four years, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
The radio executive has moved out of the Sydney property he shared with Symons, their infant son Henry and his three children Tommy, Georgia and Grace.
The father-of-four is understood to have moved into a new home with his three older children, from a previous relationship.
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Split: Home and Away star Emily Symons and Paul Jackson have called it quits after almost four years together, less than a year after the couple welcomed their first child together
Miracle: The 46-year-old gave birth to her much-longed-for baby Henry after two unsuccessful IVF attempts
Baby daddy: The radio executive welcomed his fourth child less than a year ago
However, the pair will not let their breakup get in the way of their beloved families as they prepare to co-parent their baby Henry Richard Francis Jackson, who is now 11 months old.
'They remain proud parents of Henry,' a representative for Jackson confirmed to the publication.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the couple's representatives for further comment.
The shock separation comes after the bubbly blonde underwent repeated rounds of IVF in the desperate hope of becoming a mother.
In a 2012 interview, she said her mother's death from breast cancer had made her come to terms with the possibility of never having children.
She said: 'I spent a lot of my 30s being so anguished about not having a baby.
'But the flip side is that IVF can take over your life. It gets to the point where you're so desperate to have a baby, everything else falls by the wayside.'
After two unsuccessful IVF treatments with Jackson, the bubbly blonde described the process as 'soul-destroying' and 'gruelling'.
New leaf: Jackson has moved out of the couple's home with his three children from a previous relationship, Tommy, Georgia and Grace
First child: Symons announced the news that she was expecting her first child with her partner February 2015
Glowing: Soon after the actress announced her happy news, she graced the red carpet at the 57th TV WEEK Logie Awards in May, proudly showing off her baby bump in a figure hugging black gown
But the soap star revealed she owed her strength to Jackson after he persuaded her to make one last attempt to have a baby.
Symons - who spent years longing for a child - feared she would never fall pregnant, but said she was 'extremely grateful' when her greatest wish finally came true.
She delivered Henry two weeks early via caesarean at Sydney's Mater hospital on August 3 last year, weighing 2.6 kilogram.
She later announced the happy news via her agent.
'Emily Symons and Paul Jackson welcomed a beautiful little boy into the world,' a statement from the couple said. 'Mother and baby are both doing well.'
The pair made their debut as a couple at the ARIA Awards in December 2013 but are believed to have been dating for about a year by that point.
Mother-of-one: The bubbly blonde spent years longing for a child but her greatest wish came true when she fell pregnant after repeated rounds of IVF treatments
Precious gift: The soap actress welcomed her first baby to the world just one week before her 46th birthday
Jackson is the DMG Radio Australia program director and oversees all content on the Nova and Smooth FM radio networks.
Symons, who has played Marilyn Chambers in the long-running show on and off for 27 years, returned to Summer Bay in 2010.
The beautiful actress first appeared on Home And Away as the loveable character in 1989 through to 1992 and then again from 1995 to 1999.
After giving birth to her first child, she returned to the set when Henry was just five months old.
The Sydney-born star moved to England in 2000 to appear on the British soap, Emmerdale where she played Louise Appleton.
Soap starlet: Symons, who plays Marilyn Chambers in the long-running soap, returned to Summer Bay in 2010