January 5, 2008 / 12:38 AM / 10 years ago

Natalie Imbruglia splits from husband

LONDON (Reuters) - Natalie Imbruglia, the singer and former “Neighbours” actress, has split from her husband four years after they married in a beachside ceremony in Australia.

Imbruglia, 32, and Daniel Johns, 28, lead singer with the Australian rock band Silverchair, said they had “simply grown apart” after living on different sides of the world for years.

Imbruglia is based in England while Johns lives in Australia.

”While we are very sad that our marriage has ended, we want to make it clear that our parting is amicable and we remain friends,“ they said in a joint statement. ”This mutual decision has not been taken lightly or quickly.

Australian born singer Natalie Imbruglia and spokesperson for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-led Campaign to End Fistula gestures during an interview with Reuters in Lagos December 12, 2007. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

”However, our career demands and our lives in different parts of the world have brought us to the point where unfortunately this difficult decision was necessary for both of us.

“We have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together.”

The couple married on New Year’s Eve in 2003 in Queensland. Guests included singer Kylie Minogue, actor Guy Pearce and the Virgin boss Richard Branson, according to media reports.

Before her marriage she was linked to the American singer Lenny Kravitz and “Friends” actor David Schwimmer.

Imbruglia’s biggest hit was “Torn,” which reached number two in Britain in November 1997. Silverchair have had a string of number one albums in Australia.

Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato

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