Former AFL star and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and his spouse, Tania, have separated after 18 years of marriage.
The couple made the shock announcement in a joint assertion to The Herald Sun this afternoon.
“It has been a tricky and difficult yr for each household and for ours included,” the assertion learn. “It’s with the utmost of affection and respect for one another and a real dedication to our sons, that we decided to separate in January.
“We stay devoted mother and father and within the pursuits of our boys, we ask for our household to be given the privateness that’s wanted.”
Tania — who shares sons Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, with Nathan — additionally shared the identical assertion on her Instagram account, alongside a photograph of the couple all smiles on the Brownlow Medal ceremony final yr.
The couple had been married in 2002 earlier than they mutually determined to separate in the beginning of the yr. The coronavirus pandemic then noticed them residing in separate states for 4 months as Nathan was required to relocate to Queensland resulting from border closures.
It is believed upon his return to Melbourne on the conclusion of the AFL season, he moved out of the household house.
“We thank everybody prematurely for understanding our request and for the unconditional love and help we have now acquired all through our marriage,” their assertion concluded.