Mick Fanning reveals split with designer wife Karissa
HE'S survived a shark attack and the loss of his brother. Now Australian surfer Mick Fanning Aussie surfer has revealed his marriage of eight years is over.
Fanning confirmed he and designer wife Karissa Dalton have split on Facebook overnight.
"I have nothing but love and respect for this woman,'' he wrote.
"Karissa has stood by me since we first met in 2004. We have shared plenty of great times but more importantly she has helped me through some of the toughest moments in my life, especially this past year.
"There has been some speculation about our marriage coming to an end over the past six months.
"We refuted those claims because we were both committed to working things out since we separated last February.
"After giving it our all though, late last year we made the tough mutual decision to move on separately.
"It feels weird to put our personal life out there like this but we want to eliminate any speculation about this decision.
"We're still close and there's a lot of love there.
"This is the only statement we'll be making about our relationship and we appreciate everyone respecting our privacy concerning this matter. Thanks so much."
News Corp reported that it was understood the pair had broken up when Fanning was attacked by a shark at Jeffrey's Bay in South Africa mid last year but briefly reconciled in the wake of the drama.
They were photographed together at numerous award nights and functions when Fanning returned to Australia.
The post was generally met with support for Fanning and his wife.
Tania Corney wrote: I never followed surfing until recently with your shark encounter however if I have learnt anything about you, it's your courage, fight, passion and determination to make a horrible situation into a positive and now again your in this same position! Your wife is a part of building who you are, which you've so rightly praised her for, I only wish a well deserved peace and happiness for you both...