Take That member Mark Owen's wife Emma has requested a divorce from him after she refused to take him back following his fling with 10 women.
Owen, 38, had hoped to win her back after she agreed to talk at their home, but she told him she does not want him around her or their two children, Elwood, three and 16-month-old Willow Rose.
The singer has been staying at a friend's home as he comes to terms with Emma's decision to not forgive him.
"He's in a hell of state. All life has been sapped from him. He deeply wants Emma to forgive him but she's made it plain that won't happen yet," the Daily Star quoted a pal as saying.
"Mark was desperate for her to listen to his side of the story and try to understand. She agreed to a meeting but it didn't end well - she just told him to get out.
"His confession has been a total bombshell. Her hurt and pain is still too raw. She's got a lot of things to take in and work out in her mind.
"Mark has agreed to lie low and give her and the children some space. He doesn't want Mother's Day ruined for his kids.
"He still hopes to save his marriage but knows there's not going to be a quick fix.
"He's made a clean confession but is really, really nervous about other stories which might yet emerge. Mark fears there'll be no way back and he could end up being divorced, which will destroy him," the pal added.