Nathan Buckley confirms shock split from wife Tania
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and wife Tania have separated.
The high-profile AFL couple, who have been married for 18 years, are working together amicably to focus on co-parenting their two young boys Ayce, 12, and Jett, 14.
Both Nathan and Tania Buckley released a joint statement to Page 13 on Friday saying they had mutually decided to separate in January.
"It has been a tough and challenging year for every family and for ours included.
"It is with the utmost love and respect for each other and a true commitment to our sons, that we have made a decision to separate in January.
The Buckleys said they were focusing on co-parenting their boys and asked for privacy as they moved forward.
"We remain dedicated parents and in the interests of our boys, we ask for our family to be given the privacy that is needed.
"We thank everyone in advance for understanding our request and for the unconditional love and support we have received throughout our marriage."
This mutual support was evident when Tania Buckley last week posted a picture of the family dining out together at famed French bistro Francois restaurant on Toorak Rd to celebrate her 48th birthday, saying "it couldn't get any better".
Buckley moved out of the family home after returning from the Queensland hub where the Magpies made it to the finals.
"Bucks" is one of the most celebrated players to grace the game, mostly with Collingwood, winning the Brownlow Medal and club's best and fairest six times and named in Collingwood's Team of the Century.
A premiership still eludes the former Pies skipper turned coach who has been staying at a South Yarra apartment owned by good friend Paul Roberts, a sports executive at agency TLA.
The pad has served many heartbroken AFL types. Geelong great Billy Brownless reportedly stayed there when his marriage with former wife Nicky Brownless was on the rocks. It's understood James Brayshaw also spent some time living there when he was dealing with the breakdown of his marriage.
The couple married to much fanfare on New Year's Eve in 2002.
Originally published as Nathan Buckley confirms shock split from wife Tania