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Seven and out! Michael and Kyly Clarke announce divorce after seven years of marriage

''We have made the difficult decision to ­separate.''

By Erin Doyle
Cricket star Michael Clarke and his wife Kyly have called time on their marriage, seven years after tying the knot.
The couple confirmed the split to The Australian's Media Diary, with the publication reporting the pair quietly called it quits five months ago.
Kyle and Michael Clarke are divorcing after seven years of marriage. (Image: Getty Images)
"After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to ­separate as a couple, amicably," Michael and Kyly, who share four-year-old daughter Kelsey-Lee, said in a statement.
"With the greatest of respect for each other, we've come to the ­mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter."
According to the report, the pair have already come to an agreement on the financial terms of the divorce as well as agreeing to co-parenting arrangements for Kelsey-Lee.
Michael moved out of their $12million home in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Vaucluse five months ago and is believed to be living in their $8million Bondi residence.
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Last year it was announced that Kyly had scored a new TV gig as a judge on Channel Seven reality show House Rules, which is said to have opened a string of marital wounds.
"Kyly is feeling the pressure financially because she has had to step up and contribute to the family budget, while Michael tries to secure a regular media job or even a coaching role," one insider told Woman's Day in December, adding the sports star has struggled to land a stable job for some time.
Michael and Kyly with daughter Kelsey-Lee. (Image: Instagram @kylyclarke)
While Kyly's appointment on House Rules is her "dream job" it seems the demands of reality TV are slowly becoming too much for the mother-of-one, who for years has produced her own line of lifestyle products while practising as an interior designer.
"She is absolutely struggling to keep up the pace with balancing her work and her role on the show," another friend tells.
"And she's not confident she can rely on Michael to run a house."
Michael feared a relationship breakdown following his own parents' divorce. (Image: Instagram @michaelclarkeofficial)
As reported by news.com.au, Michael feared a marriage breakdown after witnessing the divorce of his own parents, who he viewed on a pedestal. He was candid about this fear in his 2016 autobiography My Story.
"I don't even want to start a serious relationship if it's going to end in a separation. Mum and Dad are my heroes, and their marriage has always been a kind of gold standard for (sister) Leanne and me. I can't imagine myself measuring up to my parents' partnership. How can I do it, if they can't?" he wrote.
"It takes me a long time to get over that fear. When Kyly Boldy and I start dating, I open up with her about it. There is a strength of love between us that helps me get over my self-doubt."
Michael and Kyly met in high school and tied the knot in 2012. (Image: Instagram @kylyclarke)
Michael and Kyly, who met in high school, exchanged vows in 2012 in front of just 70 friends and family in a private twiglight ceremony in NSW bushland.
"Happiest guy in the world," a beaming Michael declared after tying the knot before the newlyweds literally rode off into the sunset after the ceremony, with Michael leading a pony carrying his bride to the reception at Wolgan Valley Resort, which he hired for the four-day celebration at an estimated cost of $150,000.
"Luckiest woman in the world," gushed Kyly as she shared her joy on Twitter at the time.

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