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Saturday 19 August 2017

Cricket ace Graeme Smith denies sending divorce text to wife Morgan

Morgan Deane and Graham Smith
Morgan Deane and Graham Smith

CRICKET star Graeme Smith has denied reports that he accidentally texted his Irish wife Morgan Deane claiming he wanted a divorce.

The high-profile couple announced plans to separate in late last month.

South African newspaper the Sunday Times claimed Smith mistakenly sent his wife of four-and-a-half years a message meant for his lawyer.

But Smith released a statement expressing his frustration about what had been published.

"It is disappointing that certain segments of the media have chosen to publish speculation and accusations as regards the means and manner of our marriage breakdown," he said.

"Naturally it is tempting to respond, however other than to deny the accusations that have been published, I have chosen not to comment. Hopefully people will respect that.

"My intention remains to act with dignity and respect throughout this process for the wellbeing of my children and my family."

Yesterday model Morgan posted a message on Twitter.

"Thank you for all your messages of support today. It means so much," she wrote

The pair met in January 2011, when Morgan was holidaying in South Africa and he proposed during a visit to Ireland three months later.

Whirlwind

Morgan, who was a backing singer for Jedward's 2011 Eurovision performance, married Smith in a lavish wedding after the whirlwind romance.

Deane, originally from Cork, also featured alongside Donal Skehan and Michele McGrath in their now defunct band Industry, before moving to Cape Town.

They have two children, Cadence Christine Smith (3) and Carter McMorrin Smith (18 months).

Graeme (34) is a South African hero, playing 117 tests for the country before his retirement last year.

Their attorney David Becker released a statement confirming the split.

"I confirm that Graeme and Morgan are unfortunately divorcing," he said. "This is obviously a private matter and the couple would ask that their privacy is respected during this time, both for the sake of themselves and their children."

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