Last night, Chanachai Srichaphan, father of the former tennis star Paradorn, said that his son and wife Natalie Glebova - former Miss Universe - were still living together, but "not as husband and wife". The couple got married in September 2007.
Chanachai shrugged off all speculation about the reasons, saying it was a private matter and that they had made the decision as grown-ups.
"They will probably keep running their businesses together, but will be separated," he explained.
It is still not confirmed if the star couple have already signed divorce papers. However, another source from Paradorn's family insisted that there was no bitterness, and that the marriage had ended due to "different lifestyles".
"They are still good friends," said the source, who admitted to having given advice to Paradorn over the past three or four months. Still, the source insisted that the couple had agreed to separate without it having any legal ramifications on their assets. The source also denied that "flirtations" were behind the break-up, though people in the motor-racing circuit think otherwise.
When Paradorn's career was interrupted by a wrist injury in 2007, he turned his attention to motorbike racing and was often spotted in the company of different girls, many of them university students.
From time to time, whispers were heard about the Paradorn-Natalie partnership being on shaky ground, but they always stood strong in denying the gossip. But it certainly looked like they were living separately and they have rarely been seen in public together recently.
The two have promised to speak to the press soon.
-The Nation/Asia News Network