Australia cricketer Ellyse Perry and her husband Matt Toomua have announced their separation after nearly 5 years of their marriage. Perry and Aussie Rubgy player Toomua met at Sydney Airport in 2012 for the first time. They made their first public appearance in 2013 at the John Eales Medal Awards night before getting engaged after a year later. Perry and Toomua tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Sydney in December 2015.
However, on Sunday, they released a joint statement to confirm the news. While the news of the separation left fans and sports fraternity in shock, the rumours of their split were rife since February this year. The rumours were doing rounds when Ellyse Perry was spotted without her wedding ring at the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne.
Notably, the number 1 all-rounder won her third Belinda Clark Award this year after having a stunning year with the Australian team. But she didn’t mention Toomua in her acceptance speech. However, they rubbished all rumours at that time by saying that they were still together and Ellyse Perry didn’t wear her ring due to a swollen finger.
‘While we both currently live with demanding schedules and responsibilities related to the nature of our careers, we are committed to our relationship and refute any claims to the contrary,’ the pair earlier said in a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald at the time. ‘We have a strong love and respect for one another and any report that our marriage has ended is incorrect.’
Ellyse Perry and Matt Toomua release a joint statement
The Aussie golden couple released a joint statement of their split after being together for nearly five years. “It’s with the greatest of respect for one another that we decided to separate earlier this year,” the pair said in a joint statement.
“We felt this was the right course of action and is in the best interests of each other and our current lives. This is something that has evolved and is a mutual decision. Throughout our relationship we have remained private and we ask that our space and privacy continue to be respected during this difficult time for both of us,” the statement further read.
‘Throughout our marriage, we have had some very fortunate experiences that have spanned many parts of the globe because of our respective careers,’ Perry told the Daily Telegraph on Saturday.
‘Some of those we’ve been able to share and others we haven’t. A lot of those experiences have been in particularly formative and influential parts of our lives and … the current circumstances of our lives have made our marriage unsustainable,’ she again added.
Last year, Ellyse Perry had shifted from her home state New South Wales to Victoria in the women’s national league, when Matt Toomua signed with Super Rugby club Melbourne Rebels last year. While Perry is in Melbourne amid a stage three lockdown of COVID-19, Toomua is currently based in Sydney with the Rebels.
As far as the career is concerned, Matt played a vital role in the club’s 29-10 win against the NSW Waratahs on Friday night at the SCG. Ellyse Perry, on the other hand, has been out of action for six months after having surgery on her hamstring during the T20 World Cup in March.