Gary Lineker and his wife Danielle will divorce after the young model’s rumoured concerns that the former Tottenham star does not want to have more children.
Despite the divorce, 55-year-old Lineker and 36-year-old Danielle are still reported to be on good terms but both of them now live separately for almost a year.
A decree nisi will expected to be issued today bringing the couple’s six year marriage to an abrupt end. They decided to use a government website to make the split formal. Reports are saying Lineker and Danielle have agreed a financial settlement between them which is believed to be, ‘agreeable to both parties’.
Sources close to the couple say both of them still care about each other very much, but they have slowly, ‘fallen out of love’. Danielle, despite having a 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, is keen to have another child now.
But BBC pundit Lineker already has four grown up children from his first marriage to Michelle Cockayne and he doesn’t want to start a young family.
In the past 6-7 months Danielle has spent more time in LA, whereas Lineker stayed in UK for work reasons.
Last night a source close to both Lineker and Danielle informed The Sun: “Usually these things are very sad and often acrimonious but with Gary and Danielle it is very much friendly with no legal battle that can cost a lot of money.
“They didn’t use any solicitors and filed for divorce using a government website where they filled out the forms together. It cost about £400, rather tens of thousands in legal bills.
“They made a great couple but their different views on having children is what made them realise they had to split.
“They both know it is the right thing to do and are looking forward to the future. They are convinced they will stay friends.”
Born in Leicester, Lineker played for his hometown as well as Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona.
After the England football legend retired from football he became a successful TV personality, earning hefty sums as the face of Match of the Day, Walkers Crisps and more recently BT Sport’s UEFA Champions League coverage.
He married his first wife in 1986 but divorced her in 2006 and again fall in love with Welsh model Danielle next year after going for a blind date. They eventually married in September 2009 in Ravello, Italy.