One more celeb romance bit the dust as Dannii Minogue has confirmed that her romance with rugby player boyfriend Kris Smith was over.
Kylie's sis was forced to deny rumours suggesting she had split from Kris in 2011 but the gossip emerged again this month. And this time, the singer-turned-reality TV star revealed that the news is true.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Dannii wrote, "It brings me great sadness to tell you that Kris & I have separated. We still care for each other & ask for privacy at this difficult time, in particular for our son Ethan who remains our number one priority.
"Needing to retreat for a while. Thank you for your ever loving continued support."
Kris added, "Dannii and I have a deep mutual love and respect for each other and although things have not worked out we have a gorgeous son together that we both love and implore everyone to respect our privacy at this challenging time."
The couple began dating in the summer of 2008 after meeting at Smith's 30th birthday party in Ibiza. Their son was born in July, 2010.
sources close to the couple are adamant the split is not as amicable as the tweets would have us believe and say that there has been a rift between the two since Ethan was born. Dannii’s co-judge on Australia’s Got Talent, Kyle Sandilands, was even quoted as saying their marriage was going through “rocky times” back in May 2011.
It looks like it’s the little things that contributed to their break up though! Kris gave Dannii a passport holder as a Christmas present last year and sources say it pushed her over the edge. Apparently her old one was “tatty from so much travelling”, and the gift of a new one was a dig at the amount of time the two were spending apart.
As well as her judging role, Dannii, 40, has been busy working on her fashion line and with the cosmetic firm ModelCo, while Kris has juggled his TV commitments with his role as the face of Aussie department store Myer.
But could a passport holder really have been the final straw? We didn’t think so! It seems Kris may have had more than work on his mind – reports suggest his “close friendship” with a number of Aussie models also played a role in the couple’s break up.
Late last year, he and ex-Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins were forced to insist that they were just “mates,” after Woman’s Day magazine reported that there was “chemistry between the two.”
He’s also reported to have cosied up to Victoria’s Secret model Jessica Hart.
If the rumours are true, we can’t help but feel sorry for Dannii. She doesn’t even have her big sister Kylie’s shoulder to cry on at the moment! She’s busy in England where she’s on her ‘Anti-Tour’.