Magnolia Network Stars Gray and Mike Benko Separated Last Year: Report

The estranged couple has reportedly been living apart since April 2023

<p>Gray Benko/Instagram</p> Gray and Mike Benko

Gray Benko/Instagram

Gray and Mike Benko

Gray Benko and Mike Benko, the stars of the Magnolia Network series Happy to be Home with the Benkos, have reportedly separated.

The estranged couple have been separated since last spring, TMZ reported earlier this month.

PEOPLE reached out to Gray and Mike for comment but did not immediately hear back.

The pair share two children, daughter Farris and son Charlie.

<p>Gray Benko/Instagram</p> Gray and Mike Benko and family

Gray Benko/Instagram

Gray and Mike Benko and family

According to court documents TMZ obtained, Mike left the home they shared on the date of separation listed. Court documents place the date of their separation as April 2023.

Gray requested an Order of Separate Support & Maintenance, the outlet reports. If granted, she could receive spousal support without a divorce.

Per court documents, Gray is hopeful the parties will be able to negotiate a settlement agreement to resolve the issues of their marriage and separation, TMZ reports.

Magnolia Network 'Happy to be Home with the Benkos'
Magnolia Network 'Happy to be Home with the Benkos'

In March 2023, PEOPLE shared a sneak peek of the trailer for their then-upcoming home design series, which debuted the following month.

"Summerville is filled with historic homes and we are committed to preserving that charm," Gray said in the clip while discussing their South Carolina hometown. "Some of my ideas are crazy," she added while smiling as the video cut to shots of vibrant pink, purple and blue-painted rooms.

Gray handled all things design in the homes, while Mike tackled tasks such as painting and woodwork.

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They also incorporated family into the series with appearances from Gray’s dad, a contractor affectionately known as “Grumpy.”

"Gray's dad Grumpy grumpily oversees all of our projects," Mike explained at the time.

Ahead of Happy to Be Home with the Benkos’ premiere date, the mother of two shared a sweet post on Instagram thanking Magnolia Network, as well as PEOPLE for the opportunity to share their story.

“My reaction to being in People Magazine vs. my kids’ reaction to being in People Magazine. Sound on for full effect,” she captioned a video of herself flipping through the pages of the magazine.

As Gray read the article showcasing her family’s achievements, her daughter interjected, “Please go!”

“All joking aside, this has been one of the most surreal moments of my life. I honestly don’t even have words. Thank you so much to @people, @magnolianetwork, @joannagaines and @chipgaines for featuring us in this very special issue! I am counting down the days until our show finally premieres this Sunday, April 9th 8p/7c on @magnolianetwork !” she added.

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