Gary Lineker says he and wife Danielle 'remain very close' as they head for quickie divorce today
As far as celebrity splits go, Gary and Danielle Lineker managed to keep theirs under wraps for an impressively long time.
It was revealed last night that the couple would be divorcing today after six years of marriage and Gary broke his silence on Twitter today.
"Thank you all for your kind words. @DanielleBux and I had many wonderful years together. We remain very close and the greatest of friends,".he wrote.
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 today. It's reported the pair have decided to split as Danielle, who has a 14-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, is hoping to have more children, while the pundit doesn't want to extend their family any more.
Thank you all for your kind words. @DanielleBux and I had many wonderful years together. We remain very close and the greatest of friends.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 13, 2016
A source close to the couple told The Sun: "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.
“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.
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.”