Cape Town - It is believed that Morgan Deane was the one who decided to end the marriage between her and former Proteas captain Graeme Smith.
A friend of the couple spoke to Netwerk24 on Wednesday after news broke that Smith and Deane are to divorce.
The friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Deane was the one who decided to leave Smith.
"There were talks of them separating even before he retired (in 2014). He retired to spend more time with his family and because Morgan also wanted a career. He is very fond of her. It's she who is leaving him," the friend said.
Family legal representative David Becker, on behalf of Graeme and Morgan Smith, on Wednesday confirmed that the couple are divorcing.
confirm that Graeme and Morgan are unfortunately divorcing. This is
obviously a private matter and the couple would ask that their privacy
is respected during this time, both for the sake of themselves and their
Smith, 34, played 117 Tests for South Africa before retiring last year.
Smith married Deane in Cape Town in August 2011.
daughter, Cadence Christine Smith, was born on July 25 2012. A year
later, the Smith's welcomed a boy, Carter McMorrin Smith, on July 15,