Hurley-link Warne splits from wife
SYDNEY: Former Aussie cricket star Shane Warne has confirmed he has split from his wife amid reports linking him to model Liz Hurley.
The ex-spin bowler's admission comes just hours after Hurley said she had parted from her husband, businessman Arun Nayar.
In a message posted on his website, 41-year-old Warne said: "Sadly and unfortunately, Simone and I split up a while ago, our close friends and family were informed at that time. It is a private matter so we did not make it public. We remain friends and will continue to be good parents."
He and Hurley, 45, spent two nights together in a London hotel suite last week, according to the News of the World. The unlikely pair have been exchanging messages on social networking site Twitter.
Hurley - also an actress, producer and businesswoman - on Sunday used the site to confirm her separation: "Not a great day. For the record, my husband Arun & I separated a few months ago. Our close family & friends were aware of this."
The 45-year-old, who dated actor Hugh Grant for more than a decade, has an eight-year-old son Damian from a relationship with film producer Steve Bing.
She married Nayar three years ago in a civil ceremony at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, in 2007. -Ap