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Steve Burton’s life was in ‘chaos’ and his marriage under strain


Revealed: General Hospital star Steve Burton’s life was in ‘chaos’ and his marriage under strain… before his wife of 23 years fell pregnant to another man

  • A source told PEOPLE Steve and Sheree Gustin’s split wasn’t a shock: ‘Their lives have been in the coasting stage for a while. After a long marriage, it’s not that unusual’
  • The exact date of their separation remains unclear 
  • The two faced difficulties after Steve, 51, was fired from his role on General Hospital in November 2021: ‘He had to leave a show that he loved, which caused chaos in his life’
  • The source went on to say that Sheree, 45, who’s currently pregnant with her fourth child, had become ‘unhappy’ in the marriage and was looking for ‘something more’
  • The actor announced the couple’s shocking split last week, and revealed that he was not the father of Sheree’s baby 

General Hospital star Steve Burton’s 23-year-long marriage to Sheree Gustin had been under strain for a while, leading up to his separation announcement last week.

On Wednesday, the 51-year-old actor made a post on his Instagram Stories page, saying he and Sheree, 45, who’s currently pregnant with her fourth child, were separated and that he was not the father of the baby.

Now a source tells PEOPLE the separation was a long time coming: ‘Their lives have been in the coasting stage for a while. After a long marriage, it’s not that unusual.’

Strained: Steve Burton’s 23-year-long marriage to Sheree Gustin had been under strain for a while, leading up to his separation announcement last week; Pictured 2012

Part of the problem were the difficulties they faced after Steve, 51, was fired from his role as Jason Morgan on General Hospital in November 2021. 

The decision was made due to him choosing not to abide by the production’s COVID-19 vaccination rules.

‘Their lives were changed when he went through some upheaval and anger over what he considered his freedoms being in jeopardy. He had to leave a show that he loved, which caused chaos in his life,’ the insider explained.  

Coasting: A source told PEOPLE the separation was a long time coming: 'Their lives have been in the coasting stage for a while. After a long marriage, it's not that unusual'; Pictured 2019

Coasting: A source told PEOPLE the separation was a long time coming: ‘Their lives have been in the coasting stage for a while. After a long marriage, it’s not that unusual’; Pictured 2019

Chaos: The couple faced difficulties after Steve, 51, was fired from his role on General Hospital in 2021. 'He had to leave a show that he loved, which caused chaos in his life'; Still from General Hospital

Chaos: The couple faced difficulties after Steve, 51, was fired from his role on General Hospital in 2021. ‘He had to leave a show that he loved, which caused chaos in his life’; Still from General Hospital 

The source went on to say that Sheree had become ‘unhappy’ in the marriage and was looking for ‘something more.’

Last week the veteran soap opera star made the shocking split announcement on his social media page.

‘I wanted to clear something up,’ Burton said. ‘Sheree and I are separated. She recently announced that she’s expecting her fourth child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.’

Burton and Gustin married in 1999 and are parents to daughters Makena, 18, and Brooklyn, seven; and son Jack, 16. 

Shocking: Last week the veteran soap opera star made the shocking split announcement from his pregnant wife on his social media page, revealing that he was not the father of the baby

Shocking: Last week the veteran soap opera star made the shocking split announcement from his pregnant wife on his social media page, revealing that he was not the father of the baby

Expecting! Gustin posted a shot of her baby bump on Instagram Stories last week, writing, 'Life sure is full of surprises!'

Expecting! Gustin posted a shot of her baby bump on Instagram Stories last week, writing, ‘Life sure is full of surprises!’

It is not clear how long the couple has been separated. Gustin has not spoken out publicly about the separation. 

On May 4, Gustin had posted a shot of her baby bump on Instagram Stories, captioning the pic, ‘Life sure is full of surprises!’

As news spread on social media, many fans assumed the unborn child was baby number four for the couple. But Burton posted to his Instagram story later that same day with the surprise announcement that the baby was not his.

Parents of three: Burton and Gustin married in 1999 and are parents to Makena, 18 (fourth from L) Jack, 16, (fifth from L) and Brooklyn, seven (Second from right)

Parents of three: Burton and Gustin married in 1999 and are parents to Makena, 18 (fourth from L) Jack, 16, (fifth from L) and Brooklyn, seven (Second from right)

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