Former SA skipper Graeme Smith and singer confirm divorce after 3½ years
When Graeme Smith fell for Irish pop singer Morgan Deane, he fell hard and very fast. So hard, in fact, that when the Proteas were bundled out at the quarterfinal stage of the cricket World Cup in 2011 by New Zealand, Biff opted not to fly back to South Africa to face the music with his teammates, but to head to her in Dublin.
It angered many South Africans, but was the start of a whirlwind romance that has now come to an end.
David Becker, the couple’s representative, said yesterday the 3½ year marriage had broken down.
“I confirm that Graeme and Morgan are unfortunately divorcing,” Becker said.
“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 children.”
That 2011 World Cup began four years ago today, and proved to be a frustrating one for Smith – he scored 45, 20, 22, 16, 7, 45, and 28, for a paltry average of 26.14 runs per innings.
Then, one of his detractors wrote on social media: “Graeme Smith’s fiancee [Deane] bought him cuff links, he bought her a choker.” Smith would later call a media conference back in Johannesburg to explain – and apologise for – his actions.
“I apologise and make no excuses for it, but I ask the South African fans to understand that I was feeling incredibly emotional at the time,” he said then.
In August that same year, the couple married in Cape Town, with the Irish singer tweeting she was “getting married to the man of my dreams”, and her beau called it the “most exciting day of my life”.
After a miscarriage, Morgan gave birth to the couple’s first child, Cadence, in 2012.
It was long coming, after she bragged on two different occasions about Smith’s prowess between the sheets. She infamously posted a picture of the book, How to Live With A Huge Penis.
The following year, they announced the birth of their second baby, son Carter.
In March last year, Smith said he would be retiring from all cricket, as he had a “a young family to consider”.
This came after Cadence was admitted to hospital for burns suffered in an accident.
Smith had to finish the day’s play against Australia in Port Elizabeth before rushing to hospital where she was to have surgery.
Last week, Morgan posted a picture of the children, with the caption: “As long as we got each other . . .”.