Kris Smith speaks for first time since Dannii Minogue split

'It's a struggle… just taking it one day at a time': Kris Smith speaks for first time since Dannii Minogue split

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12:58 GMT, 24 April 2012

He's been notably quiet on Twitter since they announced their break-up three weeks ago.

But Kris Smith has now spoken for the first time since ending his four-year relationship with Dannii Minogue, admitting how hard it's been for them.

Appearing on Australian breakfast show The Circle, he said: 'It's a struggle, but you know we're the
best of friends and we have a massive mutual respect for one another.

Getting through it: Kris Smith, pictured at the Sydney races earlier this month, has spoken for the first time about their split

Getting through it: Kris Smith, pictured at the Sydney races earlier this month, has spoken for the first time about their split

'Just taking it one day at a time.'

The former rugby league player, 33, admitted their 21-month-old son Ethan was helping them get through the difficult time.

Kris gushed: 'He's sensational.

'He just picks you up every single day. He's a blessing.'

Dannii, 40, and Kris confirmed speculation they had split in simultaneous announcements on their Twitter pages on April 4.

Smiling again: Dannii looked glamorous as she arrived at Sydney airport on Friday

Smiling again: Dannii looked glamorous as she arrived at Sydney airport on Friday

Former X Factor judge Dannii said she would be 'retreating' for a while from the micro-blogging page, but ended up returning on April 16 to tweet about Australia's Got Talent.

Dannii filmed her role as a judge at the initial auditions earlier this year, but the show is only being broadcast now, so it likely she is encouraged by her bosses to tweet about AGT.

Meanwhile, Dannii has been further rocked by her former romance with X Factor colleague Simon Cowell becoming public knowledge.

Happier times: Dannii and Kris at the National Television Awards in 2010

Happier times: Dannii and Kris at the National Television Awards in 2010

While the singer herself hasn't commented on the reports, Cowell's publicist confirmed the music mogul did have a relationship with Dannii in 2007 – the year before she met Kris.

Dannii and Kris met on holiday in Ibiza in August 2008 where the male model was celebrating his 30th birthday.

On April 15, Dannii made her first public appearance as she inducted her friend Molly Meldrum in the Australian TV Hall Of Fame at the Logie Awards.

It the first time she had attended an event since it was revealed she had split from Kris and of her affair with Cowell.