Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith: Did these flirty pictures with Jennifer Hawkins signal the end?

Did these flirty pictures of Kris Smith with model Jennifer Hawkins signal the end for heartbroken Dannii Minogue

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14:13 GMT, 8 April 2012

With her eyes smiling and a wide grin transfixed on Kris Smith, these pictures that capture model Jennifer Hawkins growing closeness to Dannii Minogue's ex-partner are said to be one of the reasons for the couples split.

The pictures taken last October are said to have signalled the final nail in the coffin for the former X Factor judge who was heartbroken after seeing pictures of their flirty friendship.

Both Kris, 33, and Jennifer, 28, who work as models for Australian department store Myer have denied having an affair. But the chemistry between them is more than apparent.

I've got my eye on you: Kris Smith's burgeoning friendship with model Jennifer Hawkins is said to be responsible his split from Dannii Minogue

I've got my eye on you: Kris Smith's burgeoning friendship with model Jennifer Hawkins, seen together last October, are said to be responsible his split from Dannii Minogue

Too close The pictures taken last October are said to have signalled the final nail in the coffin for the former X Factor judge who was heartbroken after seeing their flirty friendship pictured

Too close The pictures taken last October are said
to have signalled the final nail in the coffin for the former X Factor
judge who was heartbroken after seeing their flirty
friendship pictured

Model behaviour: The pair both model for Australian department store Myer

Model behaviour: The pair both model for Australian department store Myer

Despite being dogged by rumours of model Kris's flirting, Dannii is said to have fought hard to save the relationship and she gave up her job as an X Factor judge to move back to Australia.

However a source told The Daily Star: 'Kris wanted Dannii to be a stay-at-home mum. He wanted her to quit Australia's Got Talent and her modelling work and any job that took her away from home.'

The new pictures emerged as Kris was seen back in his day job for Myer yesterday in Sydney with model Hawkins for more promotional duties.

While the former X Factor judge, 40, is at home in Melbourne with their 20-month-old son Ethan, Kris is over 500 miles away at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney.

Australian beauty: Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins was also at the races but was careful not to be pictured with Smith

Australian beauty: Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins was also at the races but was careful not to be pictured with Smith

Australian beauty: Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins was back at the races but was careful not to be pictured with Smith

Much friendlier: Kris and Dannii in happier times with Jennifer and her fiance Jake Wall last year

Much friendlier: Kris and Dannii in happier times with Jennifer and her fiance Jake Wall last year

Judging a best dressed content at the
racecourse this weekend, Myer bosses refused to let Kris be
photographed next to former Miss Universe Jennifer.

Jennifer, who is engaged to male model Jake Wall, said last year: 'Kris is so much fun, he’s such a cool guy. He’s much more of a mate to me it’s nice.'

And while he awkwardly shared the stage with brunette Lauren, they didn't share any eye contact.

However, after their promotional
duties, Kris kept his distance from the two women, despite their
friendlier working relationship last year.

Keeping busy: Kris's appearance at the races comes four days after he announced his split from Dannii

Keeping busy: Kris's appearance at the races comes four days after he announced his split from Dannii

No eye contact: Kris appears on stage alongside Lauren Phillips at the Rosehill Racecourse

No eye contact: Kris appears on stage alongside Lauren Phillips at the Rosehill Racecourse

Kris's appearance at the races comes days after he and Dannii confirmed they had split after four years together.

Dannii
wrote on Twitter: 'It brings me great sadness to tell you that Kris and
I have separated… our son Ethan remains our number one priority.'

Meanwhile,
Mancunian model Kris wrote on his page: '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.'

Inconsolable: A strained looking Dannii pictured in January, and Kris, right seen arriving in Sydney

Sad times: Kris will be sharing custody of their 20-month-old son Ethan with his ex

Inconsolable: A strained looking Dannii pictured in January, and Kris, right seen arriving in Sydney