Boyzone singer Keating says splits from wife

Thu May 20, 2010 8:56am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Boyzone singer Ronan Keating announced on Thursday he had separated from his wife of 12 years Yvonne. The couple have three children.

"With great sadness Ronan and Yvonne Keating today announce their separation," the Irish singer and songwriter said on his website.

"The separation is amicable and they will continue to work together in order to provide the best for their children. The family ask for privacy at this difficult time."

Keating, 33, found fame with Boyzone, which had a string of hits in the 1990s.

The band reformed in 2007 and 2008, and the following year group member Stephen Gately died suddenly aged 33 while on holiday on the Spanish island of Majorca.

The remaining members of Boyzone released studio album "Brother" in March which topped the British charts.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Irish singer Ronan Keating performs during the final concert of his Songs For My Mother Tour at Ta' Qali, outside Valletta April 3, 2010. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi</p>