Rumours of infidelity and Kris Smith's close friendships with several models could be to blame for split with Dannii Minogue
15:21 GMT, 4 April 2012
They may have insisted that they were 'committed' to their relationship last year, but news of Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith parting ways came as no surprise.
The couple – who met in Ibiza back in 2008 – were plagued by rumours of a split and infidelity last year, which will now leave fans asking: was that the reason they ended their relationship
Heavy workloads and sacrificing careers are just some of the possible answers, but whispers of Kris' close friendships with several models may have been to blame.
Just friends: Could Kris Smith's close friendships with Jennifer Hawkins and Jessica Hart (R) be to blame for his split with Dannii Minogue
Happier times: Kris was reportedly seen flirting with model Jennifer when her fianc Jake Wall and Dannii were absent
Late last year, the British-born star was linked to Australian model Jennifer Hawkins after the pair modelled for the Myer department store together.
The pair were forced to insist that they were just 'mates,' after Woman's Day magazine reported that there was a 'chemistry between the two of them.'
Kris and Jennifer were allegedly flirting with one another in the VIP tent at last year's Melbourne Cup and it just so happened that both Dannii and Jennifer's fianc Jake Wall were absent from the event.
'Kris is so much fun, he's such a cool guy. I just love going to work,' Jennifer said at the time.
'Jake wasn't here for Derby Day, but I went out to the after party with Kris and a few other people. He's much more of a mate to me – it's nice.'
Digital Spy reported that according to an insider, Dannii knew 'only too well' how popular her beau was with the ladies, so perhaps is flirting may have come as no surprise.
No longer: The couple decided to separate after four years together
But photos of him cosying up to Victoria's Secret model Jessica Hart might have.
In a series of shots, Kris is seen playing up to the photographers with both of his arms wrapped around the pretty blonde.
He was also linked to another stunning model, Lauren Phillips, last year which then forced the couple to release a statement saying that they were 'together as a family.'
However, days before Dannii had tweeted: 'Never chase love. If it isn't given freely by another person, it's not worth having.'
another message she wrote: 'Forgiving someone does not mean forgetting
what they did. It simply means letting go of the hurt.'
Kris, on the other hand, wrote: 'You show me a
perfect relationship and I will show you a liar. Everything has its ups
and downs and things get magnified when you are in the public eye.'
However, an indication that there really was trouble
came when Kris recently changed his Twitter profile to read: 'Not
really sure what my job is any more… but I do know I love my boy more
According to a source, Dannii had desperately tried to save her four-year
relationship with the former rugby league player.
Taking a break from Twitter: Dannii confirmed she had split from Kris after four years together
'Mutual love and respect': Kris reiterated his ex's devotion to their son Ethan
'At some point, you have to admit defeat,' a friend of Dannii’s said on Monday night.
The mother-of-one confirmed the split
via Twitter, posting: 'It brings me great sadness to tell you that Kris
and I have separated.
still care for each other and ask for privacy at this difficult time,
in particular for our son Ethan who 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.'
Parents: The couple have a 21-month-old son Ethan
Kris, 33, is said to have moved out of their
multi-million-dollar home in the affluent Melbourne suburb of East
Hawthorn, leaving behind their 21-month-old son, Ethan.
is believed that Kris couldn't put up with this partner's hectic
schedule, despite sources saying that Dannii gave up 'so much for Kris.'
the star has now decided to take a break following the dramatic change
in her life, and yesterday she wrote on Twitter: 'Hi Tweet peeps. Needing to retreat for a while. Thank you for your ever loving continued support.'
Last night, a spokesman for Dannii declined to comment on the split.
Baby joy: Dannii and Kris were overjoyed when they welcomed Ethan in July 2010