Michael and Kyly Clarke To Divorce After Seven Years Of Marriage
Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke and wife Kyly are getting divorced after more than seven years of marriage.
The couple has 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."
The couple, both 38, married in 2012. Their daughter was born in 2015, months after the cricketer announced his retirement.
In his 2016 autobiography, My Story, the former Australian cricket captain spoke of anxiety about the relationship ending after watching his parents split.
“Their break-up affected me to the core,” Clarke wrote.
“When I split up with my then fiancee Lara Bingle in 2010, part of the undercurrent in my thinking is that if a couple like Mum and Dad can’t make it, what hope have I got?"
“I don’t even want to start a serious relationship if it’s going to end in a separation."
"Mum and Dad are my heroes, and their marriage has always been a kind of gold standard for [my sister] Leanne and me. I can’t imagine myself measuring up to my parents’ partnership. How can I do it, if they can’t?"
“It takes me a long time to get over that fear. When Kyly Boldy and I start dating, I open up with her about it. There is a strength of love between us that helps me get over my self-doubt.”
In the book, Clarke spoke about how the couple attended the same high school, Westfield Sports High in Sydney’s west, but “didn’t have much to do with each other”.
He said he'd asked his best friend to ask for her number in a Cronulla bar in 2007 but it wasn't until he and ex Lara Bingle split that they reconnected on Twitter.
“She and I shared fundamental values — she knew that when things were at their most difficult, the people you turned to were your family and close friends. She could see that I was needing the comfort of family, and I fell in love with her family too.
“That strong bond of unity provided an extra reinforcement for me at a time when my self-confidence was being shaken. She convinced me that I could hope for the kind of home life I wanted, that I shouldn’t give up on myself.”'
Their relationship was reportedly on the rocks after Kyly dismissed rumours after her husband was photographed sitting next to his assistant Sasha Armstrong on a super-yacht in Sydney Harbour last year.
“We’re not, never were and never will be splitting,” Kyly told Daily Mail Australia in January, 2019.