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Fairytale ending is off as Ronan and Yvonne say: we're still split

Ronan and Yvonne Keating have reaffirmed their marriage split -- ending speculation that the couple were back together.

Hopes had been high that the couple were ready to rebuild their lives back in Dublin after spending time together as a family in Australia over the summer months.

But those hopes have now been firmly quashed with the release of a statement through their publicist saying that the split, which was announced in May, still stands.

The statement, which was released yesterday evening, said: "On May 20, Ronan and Yvonne Keating issued a statement confirming their separation.

"The situation as outlined in that statement remains the same and the couple continue to work together in order to provide the best for their children."

The new statement goes on to ask that the media observe their children's right to privacy.

Their three children Jack (11), Marie (9) and Ali (4) are now preparing to go back to school for a new term.

The Keating family flew to Australia in June to be with Ronan (33), who was based there while filming the Australian X Factor, on which is he is a judge. During their time there, they had been photographed as a family at a fair and the zoo.

And on July 31, during a round of interviews to promote the X Factor, the pop star told an Australian newspaper: "We've been left to our own devices, but we are now a happy family. It's all good, thank God."

A fellow judge on Australia's X Factor, DJ Kyle Sandilands, also revealed at the time: "Ronan has had Yvonne and the kids on set everyday and that has been wonderful."

The couple tied the knot in April 1998, and had previously been regarded as having one of the strongest marriage in Irish showbusiness.

However their shock separation was announced amid allegations of a seven-month affair between Ronan and dancer Francine Cornell (26).

In the past few days, Ronan flew to Beirut as a guest of IWC Swiss Watches who were opening a new boutique. He officially opened the new store.

Meanwhile, the Australian X Factor will be broadcast there for the first time on Monday night when it will follow the audition process.