Former South African captain Graeme Smith and his wife Morgan Deane announced their separation two weeks ago. Then, shocking details of the break-up emerged in a South African newspaper in which the Irish singer’s ‘unnamed friends’ were quoted. The Sunday Times claimed that Smith’s wife of four-and-a-half years had come to know of his divorce plans after accidentally receiving an SMS meant for his lawyer. However, Smith yesterday denied these reports.
IN HAPPIER TIMES: Graeme Smith and Morgan Deane pose during a function at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on February 21, 2011. Pic/Getty Images
Deane’s pals even went to the extent of accusing the 34-year-old ex-cricketer of abandoning the family to follow the South African team at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“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,” Smith was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
Call for respect
“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 well-being of my children and my family,” he stated.
The couple, who got married in 2011, have two children – a two-year-old daughter and a son aged one.
According to the report, Deane believed that Smith wanted to make their marriage work, even to the point of accompanying her for couple counseling sessions.
But she was shattered to learn that he wanted a divorce in a text message he sent to her by mistake, only minutes after reassuring her that their relationship could be saved.
When the 29-year-old confronted Smith about the divorce, he denied it. Things took an ugly turn as minutes after her chat, Deane received a text from her husband – apparently intended for his lawyer – demanding to know “why Morgan had been informed, because he (Smith) wanted to tell her himself.”
Smith, played 117 Tests for South Africa before retiring from international cricket in 2014, saying he wanted to “see my children grow”.