Haine stops play - Curtains for Mr and Mrs Smith
01 Feb 2010 - 07:41:49
It's not been a great few months for celebrity couples.
First, Tiger Woods's marriage hit the rough after numerous stories surfaced about his misdemeanours with various women. Then in December, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon announced they were separating after 23 years together.
In recent times rumours have been circulating about an imminent Brangelina split, but the most surprising break-up was confirmed last week - Graeme Smith and Mickey Arthur deciding to call it a day after five blissful years.
Brad and Angelina are reportedly prepared to sign a contract that will see them share their £205 million fortune, but things will not be that simple for Mickey Arthur after he failed to pen a pre-nuptial agreement when he and Smith got together in May 2005.
In their four and a half years of marriage, Brangelina spawned three biological children, and also adopted three kids. These, too, are expected to be divided equally between Hollywood's Golden Couple. However, the same can't be said for Cricket’s Golden Couple, as Smith will get custody of the 14 players he shared with Arthur.
Not only will Arthur leave the relationship empty-handed, but also full of resentment after he revealed that he left Smith due to the interference of a third party. Sources close to the couple have said that Smith became too cosy with Cricket South Africa for the liking of Arthur and, despite Smith claiming they were "just friends", Arthur had seen enough.
Contrary to these reports, insiders from the Smith camp have speculated the real reason that the relationship has ended is that Arthur, 41, has mistresses in England and India and will, almost certainly, pack his bags for one of them.
From the outside, "Sm-Arthur" always seemed like the perfect partnership, and one that would endure for years to come. Smith, 28, clearly thought so too as he looked visibly upset when he gave his views on the split at a press conference.
"It hurts to see him move aside...the two of us have had a great partnership for five years," he said.
"I think it's natural for the players to have some emotion now; Mickey has been part of our life for five years."
The timing of Arthur's decision has also been a blow to Smith, as he is due to take his players away to India in just one week. Babysitter Corrie van Zyl has been brought in to help Smith cope with the burden.
It may not be the end yet for Brangelina, but it's curtains for the other Mr and Mr(s) Smith.
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