Steve Hofmeyr to divorce after affair

Published Nov 2, 2008

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By Weekend Argus Reporter

Singer Steve Hofmeyr and his actress wife, Natasha Sutherland, are getting divorced after being married for 10 years.

This comes after the publication of Hofmeyr's explosive tell-all autobiography, Mense van my Asem, and revelations of a 10-year affair with fitness instructor Janine van der Vyver, whom he admits he fell in love with.

The couple confirmed to an Afrikaans morning newspaper on Saturday that they were getting divorced.

Sutherland and their sons Sebastian, 6, and Benjamin, 5, have already moved into a new house, while Hofmeyr will remain in the family home in Midrand. Hofmeyr has reportedly accepted complete responsibility for the breakdown of their marriage.

He is on a countrywide tour, performing in Jacobsbaai on the West Coast.

It appears that the couple decided in February to get divorced, although they say they still love each other.

Hofmeyr said the decision had been a difficult one, but he believed it was the right way forward under the circumstances.

Sutherland said the past two years had been "exceedingly painful" and the time had come for her to rebuild her life.

Meanwhile, Van der Vyver has lodged papers at the Pretoria High Court to sue Hofmeyr for breach of contract amid claims that he promised her a house and an engagement ring.

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