Surfer Mick Fanning and designer wife Karissa Dalton have announced their split in a shared statement on Facebook this morning, after eight years of marriage.
The popular Aussie surfer has already had a tumultuous 18 months after surviving a shark attack while competing last year.
Fanning then lost his brother from heart problems in December last year, while also competing on the surfing circuit – failing to secure his fourth World title in the process.
The statement read as follows:
“I have nothing but love and respect for this woman. Karissa has stood by me since we first met in 2004. We have shared plenty of great times but more importantly she has helped me through some of the toughest moments in my life, especially this past year.
There has been some speculation about our marriage coming to an end over the past six months. We refuted those claims because we were both committed to working things out since we separated last February. After giving it our all though, late last year we made the tough mutual decision to move on separately.
It feels weird to put our personal life out there like this but we want to eliminate any speculation about this decision. We’re still close and there’s a lot of love there. This is the only statement we’ll be making about our relationship and we appreciate everyone respecting our privacy concerning this matter. Thanks so much.”
Their relationship came under a lot of scrutiny during Fanning’s trying emotional circumstances after the shark attack and then coming to terms with his brother’s death.
But the couple were pictured together at a number of events and in public throughout that time.
We wish them both well as they move on with the next chapter of their lives.