Michael Clarke’s recent social media activity hinted that all was not well in his marriage with wife Kyly.
The pair announced in a joint statement on Wednesday night that their seven-year marriage is ending in divorce.
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The couple have agreed on a financial settlement and on arrangements to co-parent their four-year-old daughter Kelsey Lee, The Australian reports.
“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to separate as a couple, amicably,” they told the newspaper in a joint statement.
“With the greatest of respect for each other, we've come to the mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter.”
Clarke hinted that he’d moved out of their family home in Vaucluse when he posted a photo on Instagram last week showing him at the Bondi apartment he also owns with Kyly.
The $7 million pad is reportedly part of a $40 million divorce that also includes the $12 million, five bedroom house in Vaucluse, another Bondi apartment Clarke owns with sister Leanne, as well as $18 million in savings and investments.
Clarke also hinted that the split was on the cards with an emotional Instagram post earlier this week in which he appeared to tell daughter Kelsey he was “right beside you.”
Michael and Kyly go their separate ways
Clarke played 115 Tests and 245 one-day internationals for Australia, scoring over 17,000 runs at international level.
He has since forged a successful career in the media, while Kyly was recently announced as one of the new judges on Channel 7 renovation show House Rules.
She also runs her own company ‘Lyfestyled by Kyly Clarke’.
“We’d like to acknowledge the wonderful support we’ve had from family and friends, and at this time request privacy so that we can manage this next stage of our lives,” the statement read.
Last year Kyly addressed speculation about their marriage.
“We’re not, never were and never will be splitting,” she told the Daily Mail, revealing the secret to their marriage.
“Have those date nights so you’re always keeping everything nice and fresh.”