Former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has split from his wife, Kylie, after seven years of marriage.
The couple issued a joint statement to The Australian on Wednesday night announcing their separation.
“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to separate as a couple, amicably,” the statement read.
“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.”
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It is reported the celebrity pair separated five months ago, with Clarke moving out of their home in Vaucluse before relocating to the pair’s Bondi beachfront pad, worth $8 million.
The Australian’s Media Diary revealed the pair have negotiated a financial settlement without going through the courts and set in place co-parenting arrangements
It is understood 38-year-old Kyly Clarke will continue to occupy the Vaucluse property with their four-year-old daughter Kelsey Lee.
The divorce is reportedly worth approximately $40 million.
The Australian reports the pair are on good terms, and continue to train together at a gym in Rose Bay.
In their joint statement, Michael and Kylie said they would be making “no further comment” about the situation.
“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,” it read.
In 2019, Kylie told The Daily Mail her six-year marriage to Michael was going strong.
“We’re not, never were and never will be splitting,” she said.
Clarke had previously been engaged to model Lara Bingle, before the two separated in 2010. Bingle recently married Avatar star Sam Worthington, and the couple have two children.
Clarke represented Australia in 115 Tests, scoring 8643 runs, including 28 centuries. He lead Australia to 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2013/14 and a World Cup title, before retiring from international cricket in 2015.
In the years since, Clarke has commentated on Channel 9, and was part of the ICC’s official commentary team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.