Queen's Park Rangers striker Djibril Cissé and his wife of seven years, Jude are to divorce.
The 31-year-old France player and his estranged Welsh wife, 36, who quietly separated a few months ago have three children together, and one each from previous relationships.
The football player has been seen hitting the town solo since the split, including celebrating his 31st birthday in August without his estranged wife by his side.
Jude is currently in Los Angeles and has been spending time with her celebrity friends as the story of their divorce breaks.
On October 2, she tweeted she had left her four children in the care of their fathers while she went on holiday: 'Why do we have 2 ask the dads if they can look after their own children!! Yes I'm here, just trying 2 come 2 terms with things.'
Djibril and his wife met in a Liverpool nightclub and later wed in 2005 at Bodelwyddan Castle in Wales, with the sports star wearing a Liverpool red tuxedo.
The couple had a lavish £100,000 ceremony which was attended by Queen's Park Rangers player Shaun Wright-Phillips and Cissé's French national teammates Louis Saha and Sylvain Wiltord.
In January 2006, Djibril was cautioned for assaulting Jude at their Cheshire home.
The couple have three sons together Cassius, six; Prince, four; and Marley; two.
Former college lecturer Jude also has a teenage son Liam, 18, from a previous relationship, while Djibril is father to daughter Ilona, 11, with an ex-girlfriend.