Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has announced his separation from wife Kyly after seven years of marriage. The ex-couple tied the knot in the year 2012 and are parents to a four-year-old daughter named Kelsey Lee.
The duo issued a statement on the same and revealed that they have “mutually” taken a decision to part their ways. The statement further read that their utmost priority will be co-parenting their daughter so that she could feel the love and care of both parents.
It is believed that the couple was living apart for the last five months now. Various reports suggest that Clarke moved out of the house he and Kyly used to live in. The house was situated in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and is estimated to be worth at least $12 million.
“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to separate as a couple, amicably. With the greatest of respect for each other, we have 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 statement read.
Later in the statement, Clarke and Kyly have requested the media to give them some privacy so that they could analyze and manage how to lead their lives after the separation. Both of them expressed gratitude towards everyone who supported them through thick and thin, especially family and friends.
“We would like to acknowledge the wonderful support we have had from family and friends, and at this time request privacy so that we can manage this next stage of our lives,” they said in the statement.
The report also suggested that Kyly will continue to stay in their Sydney house along with their daughter Kelsey. The divorce is reportedly worth approximately $40 million.
Clarke was previously engaged to Australian model Lara Bongle, who is now married to Hollywood actor Sam Worthington.
The former Aussie skipper played 115 Tests and scored 8643 runs at an average of 49. He scored 28 centuries during his career and lead Australia to 5-0 whitewash in Ashes (2013-14). Clarke captained the side in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and won the title, before retiring from international cricket later that year.
As of now, Clarke has been doing commentary across various platforms.