Wednesday 28 September 2016

Gary Lineker and his wife Danielle to divorce 'because he’s too old to start another family'

Gary Lineker and his wife Danielle will divorce over her concerns that he does not want to have more children, it has been claimed

Published 13/01/2016 | 07:08

Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker attend the Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution on November 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker attend the Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution on November 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker (L) and Danielle Lineker attend the GQ Men Of The Year Awards after party at The Royal Opera House on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker attend the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker attends the annual Collars and Coats gala ball in aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats home at Battersea Evolution on November 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker are introduced to Centre Court during day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux attend the afterparty following the world premiere of 'Sex And The City' at Old Billingsgate on May 12, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Gary Lineker will part ways from his wife Danielle as she fears he is too old to start a family with her, it has been reported.

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The former England ace, 55, and Danielle, 36, have lived separate lives for almost a year and a formal decree nisi will bring their marriage to an end on Tuesday morning, according to the Sun.

The pair are understood to have opted for a value divorce, despite Mr Lineker's reported £20 million fortune, using a government website that costs around £400.

A source close to the couple told the newspaper: “Usually these things are very sad and often acrimonious but with Gary and Danielle it is very much friendly with no legal battle that can cost a lot of money.

Gary Lineker (L) and Danielle Lineker attend the GQ Men Of The Year Awards after party at The Royal Opera House on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker (L) and Danielle Lineker attend the GQ Men Of The Year Awards after party at The Royal Opera House on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“They didn’t use any solicitors and filed for divorce using a government website where they filled out the forms together. It cost about £400, rather tens of thousands in legal bills.

 “They made a great couple but their different views on having children is what made them realise had to split.

“They both know it is the right thing to do and are looking forward to the future. They are convinced they will stay friends.”

 Match of the Day mainstay Mr Lineker has four grown up children from his first marriage to Michelle Cockayne and is thought to be against starting a young family.

Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux attend the afterparty following the world premiere of 'Sex And The City' at Old Billingsgate on May 12, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux attend the afterparty following the world premiere of 'Sex And The City' at Old Billingsgate on May 12, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

In recent months Danielle has spent more and more time in Los Angeles, while Mr Lineker has remained in the UK for work reasons.

A spokesman for the couple confirmed the split, saying: “Gary and Danielle have decided to end their marriage and their divorce was confirmed today with the judge granting a Decree Nisi. They remain the greatest of friends and wish each other every happiness.”

Mr Lineker's social media postings gave no hint of the impending split.

Gary Lineker was cleared to front BT Sport’s Champions League coverage after he agreed a new non-exclusive contract with the BBC in June.

Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker attend the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Gary Lineker and Danielle Lineker attend the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Lineker’s new deal saw him take a pay cut at the cash-strapped BBC, which will in turn allow him to combine his job there with roles on other channels.

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