'We still love and care for each other': Ronan Keating and wife Yvonne confirm split after 14 years of marriage
18:23 GMT, 1 April 2012
Singer Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne have confirmed they have separated after 14 years of marriage.
In simultaneous announcements on their respective Twitter pages, they revealed they had kept their split private for the sake of their three children.
The couple had gone through a difficult two years after Ronan's affair with a back-up dancer Francine Cornell was revealed in 2010.
The break up: Ronan Keating and wife Yvonne, pictured in Dubai in December, have split after 14-years of marriage
Announcement: Both Ronan and Yvonne took to Twitter to confirm rumours they have gone their separate ways
Former model Yvonne revealed today they decided to go their separate ways last year, which means their split would have come just days after they attended the Emerald & Ivy Ball in London as a family.
Yvonne, 37, wrote: 'Sadly,our marriage ended late last
year. We kept this news private to give everybody involved time to
adjust.Thank you for your support x.'
And her estranged husband, 35, tweeted: 'Sadly our news is true. Thank u all for your support. Yvonne and I
still love and care for each other and want to protect our kids. X.'
Despite their split, they did managed to spend New Year's together in Scotland with their children, according to photos on Yvonne's Twitter page.
Other woman: Yvonne was heartbroken in 2010 when it was revealed the singer had a seven-month affair with dancer Francine Cornell
Yvonne had tried for the last two years to work through her husband's infidelity, but the strain proved too much for the pair.
According to reports, the couple had mainly tried to save their marriage for their children, but their efforts were in vain.
Ronan's seven month affair with dancer Francine Cornell started after they met during Boyzone's tour, which began in May and June 2009.
Yvonne discovered her husband had a secret second phone and decided to go through the messages.
Last appearance: The couple attended the Emerald & Ivy Ball in London as a family just days before splitting last December
There she found intimate correspondence between the singer and the then 26-year-old Cornell.
Yvonne reportedly rang Francine after she found the texts, only to be told by the dancer: 'We're in love.'
Heartbroken Yvonne then confronted Ronan who admitted the affair.
A source said at the time: 'There were some quite suggestive texts that left little to the imagination. Yvonne went ballistic and told him it was over there and then.'
Wedded bliss: Ronan and Yvonne arrive in London after getting married in the Caribbean in 1998
However, a few months later, Yvonne was
spotted holding hands with Ronan in Australia, after seemingly giving
him another chance.
After begging for forgiveness, Ronan
was let back into the family home in Dublin with their children Jack,
13, Marie, 11 and Ali, six.
When Ronan swam across the Irish Sea
for charity last September, his proud wife Yvonne was waiting to
congratulate him with a loving kiss in front of the paparazzi.
In an interview with the Mail On Sunday's Live magazine last year, Ronan admitted his regrets over the affair.
So in love: Yvonne plants a kiss on Ronan after he completed a charity swim across the Irish Sea last September
He said: 'I make mistakes. I'm definitely not comfortable with the mistakes that I've made and I'm still trying to resolve them.
'I did make a mistake. And I'm still trying to make up for that. I love my wife and my family is everything to me. Right now I’m trying to be the man I want to be. I'm trying to get there.
'The people I love the most have been hurt – my family. I take the blame for that. Everyone is responsible for their own actions.'
However, with his work commitments on the Australian version of The X Factor, it was difficult for the relationship to survive.
Here come the boys: Ronan met Cornell when on tour with Boyzone in 2009