Dannii Minogue turned to sister Kylie for advice ahead of Kris Smith split

'Kylie Minogue gave Dannii the courage to leave': TV judge turned to sister for advice ahead of Kris Smith split

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12:30 GMT, 10 April 2012

Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith announced their split last week after suffering relationship problems for nearly a year.

But it appears the former X Factor judge finally decided their difficulties were too hard to overcome following a heart-to-heart with her big sister Kylie.

The eldest Minogue sibling has been a 'rock' to 40-year-old Dannii since her four-year romance with English model Kris, 33, first hit a tricky patch last May.

Love split: Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith, pictured in Melbourne last year, announced they had parted last week

Love split: Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith, pictured in Melbourne last year, announced they had parted last week

Wanting to try and work at the relationship for the sake of their 21-month-old son Ethan, Dannii came to the heartbreaking conclusion it wasn't going to work.

A source close to Dannii told this week's Grazia magazine: 'She's been understandably scared about splitting up, but Kylie reassured her that she was strong enough to go it alone and that her happiness should come first.

'And in doing so it seems she gave Dannii the confidence to make the break.'

Meanwhile, one report today claimed the couple secretly split two months ago, but only decided to announce it last week after rumours started circulating in the media.

Supportive: Older sister Kylie has proved to be a 'rock' for Dannii

Supportive: Older sister Kylie has proved to be a 'rock' for Dannii

A source told Heat magazine: 'They have been separated for two months.

'It was a trial separation after a series of rows. Dannii started to worry that Kris might not have been as committed to their relationship as she was, and told him that she wasn’t sure if there was a future for them.

'Dannii said she felt like Kris had fallen out of love with her. Although he said he would stay with her for Ethan, Dannii said enough was enough.'

One issue between the couple was apparently Dannii leaving her busy career in the UK so move back to her native Australia after being convinced by Kris to make it their permanent base.

Kris has a very successful modelling career in Australia and is the face of Myer department stores.

Doting parents: Dannii and Kris are hoping to stay friends for the sake of their 21-month-old son Ethan

Doting parents: Dannii and Kris are hoping to stay friends for the sake of their 21-month-old son Ethan

However, Dannii admitted she had to reluctantly quit the X Factor UK due to a clash in dates with her Australia's Got Talent commitments.

Last May, the couple gave a series of cryptic tweets during their apparent rough patch.

She wrote: 'Never chase love. If it isn't given freely by another person, it's not worth having.'

In another message she wrote: 'Forgiving someone does not mean forgetting what they did. It simply means letting go of the hurt.'

Dannii and Kris confirmed their split last Wednesday in simultaneous announcements on their Twitter pages.

She wrote: '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.'