Melbourne, Dec. 13: Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has announced on Twitter that his marriage with Simone Callahan is over following reports of him being in a relationship with British actress-cum model Liz Hurley.
The former Australian cricketer posted a statement on his website which he drew attention to using his Twitter account.
His disclosure follows that of Hurley who revealed on Sunday through Twitter that her three-year marriage to Arun Nayar is over.
According to The Telegraph, using strikingly similar turn of phrase, both Warne and Hurley emphasized that they had been separated for some time and that friends and family were already aware of the situation.
Warne, 41, tweeted this morning: "Hey guys been a long day ... I have posted a short factually correct paragraph to clarify situation on my website http://www.shanewarne.com Apologies for website crash... It''s now working... Hope that clears things up for everyone who is interested... Have a good day/night .."
The website statement read: "13.12.10 Clarification Published by ShaneWarne 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."
Meanwhile Hurley, 45, tweeted on Sunday following tabloid reports of the affair: "Not a great day. For the record, my husband Arun and I separated a few months ago. Our close family and friends were aware of this."
The pair has conducted a public flirtation via Twitter since the summer. Warne has three children while Hurley has one son, Damian, by an American businessman.