Mark Hudson’s wife shares 'heart-wrenching' video amid Cardiff sacking

Bruno Cooke January 18, 2023
Mark Hudson’s wife shares 'heart-wrenching' video amid Cardiff sacking
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Two days after losing his position as manager of Championship club Cardiff City, Mark Hudson’s wife Marie-Louise shared a video of him first telling their children that he’d got the job, and then telling them it had come to an end.

She “debated” with herself about whether or not she should post it, she wrote in the caption. “It’s personal, it’s raw, it’s a high and a gutting low.”

But the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Numerous Instagram users have commented on her initial upload with words of support and condolence.

Meanwhile, several independent and official Twitter accounts have been sharing the video in a manner that shows they appreciate Hudson and his wife for sharing it.

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Who is Mark Hudson’s wife, Marie-Louise, and when did they get married?

Mark Hudson married his wife, Marie-Louise, on June 7, 2008. They will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary later this year.

In past social media posts, he’s described her variously as a “pure character,” “one sexy lady” and the “best mum, friend and wife.”

Marie-Louise Hudson turned 41 on December 12, 2022, meaning she was born in 1981. She is a few months older than her husband.

They have three children together: two boys and one girl, Kiki, in that order. It’s their sons that are featured in the video Marie-Louise shared to her Instagram followers yesterday. Scroll down to find it. 

Marie-Louise Hudson’s sister died by suicide in 2009

For Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2020, the Yorkshire Examiner revisited an October 2019 interview they conducted with Mark Hudson in which he spoke about his wife’s sister’s death by suicide.

She died on the day he signed for Cardiff City in July 2009. They kept it largely between themselves, he told the Examiner, despite the impact it had on them.

They “still had to go to Cardiff,” he said, and moved into the hotel as planned. But Marie-Louise didn’t leave the hotel room for eight weeks. “She was pregnant at the time and lost the baby.”

At Cardiff City, it was only the manager, Dave Jones, who knew anything about the family tragedy. Hudson said Jones had been “very helpful,” but the anxiety he suffered with was debilitating. He paid tribute to her in July 2019, on Twitter.

Mark Hudson’s wife shares ‘heart-wrenching’ video of him telling kids he lost Cardiff City job

Within hours of his team’s home draw against Wigan Athletic, Cardiff City management made the decision to sack Mark Hudson as team manager.

He had been in charge of the Championship club for just four moths. They dismissed former manager Steve Morison in September. Hudson was initially an interim post-filler, but became the permanent boss in November.

“We wish Mark all the very best of luck for the future,” the BBC quotes Cardiff’s management as saying.

His wife, Marie-Louise Hudson, captured on camera the moment Mark told his kids he’d got the job. And the moment he told them he’d lost it. Wales Online has described the spliced video as “heart-wrenching.” Watch it below.

The Hudsons have run the Mark & ML podcast since May last year

Starting May 2022, Mark and Marie-Louise Hudson have run the Mark & ML podcast.

They originally planned for it to be a “weekly share,” per the podcast description on the Apple Podcasts website. But they have only uploaded 13 episodes so far, and they haven’t released any since Christmas.

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Nevertheless, for anyone wanting to dive deeper behind the scenes and really get to know the Hudson family, it’s there. Previous episodes have included discussions of mental health, a hip operation, how they met, wedding anniversaries, and taking part in Sober September.

As such, they describe it as capturing the “ups and downs” of their long distance marriage, and how they “find that ‘balance.’”

If you are affected by any issues raised in the article or would like someone to speak to, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. You can also email them at [email protected] or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch in the UK. In the US, please visit Samaritans USA for more information. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to get in touch with the Crisis Text Line. Americans can now call or text 988 to reach out and speak to a counsellor.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.