'Best in years': Stunning new details in Michael Clarke's divorce

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Michael Clarke’s divorce with wife Kyly has reportedly ‘done wonders’ for their relationship.

The pair announced in a joint statement last week that their seven-year marriage is ending.

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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.

Now, The Australian has published new revelations about the settlement and how the separation has positively affected their relationship.

Kyly and Michael Clarke at the Cancer Council Australia's Emeralds & Ivy Gala Ball in 2015. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

According to Nick Tabakoff, negotiation of the settlement was a “lightning affair” that hardly required the use of lawyers.

Tabakoff is also reporting that the separation “has actually made things better for the Clarkes.”

“Ever since Michael moved out of the couple’s Sydney harbourside home in Vaucluse in September, relations between the pair have improved to the point that they are at their best in years.”

Signs that things weren’t well

Clarke hinted that he’d moved out of their family home when he posted a photo on Instagram two weeks ago showing him at the Bondi apartment he also owned with Kyly - which they have now sold.

“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to separate as a couple, amicably,” they said 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.”

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.”

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.

with AAP